20 March 2015
From the section Front Page
Marvin Gaye’s family said Pharrell and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines copied Got To Give It Up
Pharrell Williams is warning that the entertainment industry could become “stifled” after the Blurred Lines copyright lawsuit.
In his first interview since being sued by Marvin Gaye’s family, Pharrell said it could mean other musicians face similar legal action.
“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who’s making something that might be inspired by something else,” he says.
“This applies to fashion… anything.”
Williams, Thicke and TI say there’s a clear line between inspiration and copying
He continues: “If we lose our freedom to be inspired we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation.
“This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.”
Last week a court in LA ordered Pharrell, and Robin Thicke, to pay $7.3m (£4.8m) in damages to the family of late soul singer Marvin Gaye.
The judge agreed with the family’s claim Gaye’s Got To Give It Up was copied by the pair’s Blurred Lines hit.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment