Blurred Lines made more than $5m (£3m) for Pharrell Williams (left) and Robin Thicke
Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke are to appeal the verdict which ruled that they copied a Marvin Gaye track.
Earlier this week, jurors in Los Angeles decided that parts of Gaye’s 1977 hit Got To Give It Up were lifted for the duo’s 2013 hit Blurred Lines.
The family of the late soul singer were awarded $7.3m (£4.8m) in damages.
But the musicians’ lawyer said they remained adamant Blurred Lines was original, created solely by them.
“We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand,” Howard King told Fox Business News.
“My clients know that they wrote the song Blurred Lines from their hearts and souls and no other source.
“We are going to exercise every post-trial remedy we have to make sure this verdict does not stand.”
Mr King added that expert evidence in the case, which may have swayed the jury, should have been inadmissible.
In particular, said Mr King, the testimony from a musicologist that compared Blurred Lines with Got To Give It Up was based on elements of Gaye’s song that were not on the original sheet music.
At the time of its copyright, only the written music could be registered as protected, not sound recordings.
Marvin Gaye’s family began court proceedings in 2013
“Clearly the jury relied on what that expert said in reaching their conclusion,” said Mr King.
Gaye died in April 1984, leaving his children the copyright to his music. His children – Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III – sued Thicke and Williams in 2013.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment