As you may remember, last year Pharrell, Robin Thicke, and T.I. were handed a $7.3 million lawsuit in a copyright infringement case bought by Marvin Gaye’s estate after it claimed that the hitmakers’ smash “Blurred Lines” felt and sounded too similar to the late legend’s classic “Got To Give It Up.”
(This amount was later reduced to $5.3 million after a bid for a retrial was denied.)
Now, 212 fellow artists and musicians have legally come together to file an amicus brief and support the men in their request to overturn the court’s decision.
Those in support of the appeal include: Jennifer Hudson, R. Kelly, Juicy J, Earth Wind & Fire, Aloe Blacc, Frank Ocean collaborator Malay, Kiesza, Linkin Park, Jason Mraz, Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, and John Oates of Hall & Oates.
The brief argues that the laws are unclear and can harm creative processes. It reads:
“The verdict in this case threatens to punish songwriters for creating new music that is inspired by prior works. All music shares inspiration from prior musical works, especially within a particular musical genre. By eliminating any meaningful standard for drawing the line between permissible inspiration and unlawful copying, the judgment is certain to stifle creativity and impede the creative process. The law should provide clearer rules so that songwriters can know when the line is crossed, or at least where the line is.”
Read it below!
Questlove also came to the defense of Thicke back in 2013 when the song dropping, telling Vulture:
“I’m siding with Robin Thicke; I’m going against the estate of Marvin Gaye. Look, technically it’s not plagiarized. It’s not the same chord progression. It’s a feeling.”
Relive when the hitmakers were first hit with the ruling.