Jury awards almost $7.4 million to Gaye family

The wait is over. After a long battle between the Gaye family, Robin Thicke, Pharrell WIlliams and T.I., the Gaye’s have won $7.3 million dollars as settlement in the infringement lawsuit of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit Got to Give it Up. The eight-member jury voted by unanimous decision that Robin Thicke and the Blurred Lines producer Pharrell Williams had blatantly infringed on the song.

Gaye’s children Nona, Marvin Gaye III and Frankie were all present in the courtroom when the decision was read. The case had a week of testimony regarding the similarities of both hits. The new song earned both Thicke and Williams $5 million each. The jury determined that Blurred Lines testimony had been continuously changed by the songwriters. According to the accounting records, Blurred Lines made $16,675,690 in profits.

The jury awarded the Gaye family $4 million in damages, with profits of more than $1,600,000 from Williams and more than $1,760,099 from Thicke. Statutory damages were assessed at $9,375. Richard Busch, the attorney for the Gaye family said, “We did not start this fight … Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke started this lawsuit. We fought this fight with one arm tied behind our back,” Busch added, referring to the fact that the Gaye side was not allowed to play the recording of “Got To Give It Up” to the jurors during the trial.

A tearful Nona Gaye said she “vindicated” by the verdict, adding that, if her father were there, he’d be singing and dancing to “Got To Give It Up.

Another song, After the Dance, is being disputed.



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