No Blurred Lines in This Decision

In addition with having to decide what to do with Kanye West, the music industry has also been astir over the issue of if “Blurred Lines” infringes the copyright on Marvin Gayes’ 1977 “Got to Give It Up.” A U.S. District Court jury in Los Angeles decided that Robin Thicke and Pharrel Williams had committed trademark infringement and ordered them to pay the Gaye estate $7.3 million.

Upon receiving a favorable verdict on the infringement issue, the Gaye family immediately asked the court for an injunction barring the performance of, or the sale of recordings of, “Blurred Lines” since Thicke and Pharrel are not paying royalties for use of the Gaye family’s copyrighted material.