Blurred Lines Verdict Explained in Depth

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons Honoring Lucian Grainge - ShowBack in March, a Los Angeles jury awarded Marvin Gaye’s heirs more than $7 million for copyright infringement relating to the hit song “Blurred Lines,” co-written by famous artists Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke (read our blog article here).

Blurred Lines Verdict Explained:

Post trial motions were heard earlier this week, at which time the judge denied a motion by Williams and Thicke for a new trial or judgment as a matter of law. However, the judge did say he was considering reducing the award based on a profit calculation as it applied to Williams.

In addition, the judge asked both sides to file supplemental briefs as to whether UMG Recordings and artist Clifford Harris (better known by his stage name, T.I.) would be jointly and severally liable if added to the judgment. The lower court ruled that both UMG and Harris did not infringe upon Gaye’s copyright. If found jointly and severally liable, Gaye’s heirs can seek complete restitution from one or all parties responsible.

The challenge presented by the jury award is a result of a partial calculation of $1.6 million against Williams, based on a 200 percent calculation of his profits from the song. The judge indicated he would reduce that percentage to between 40 and 100 percent, along with future songwriter royalties.

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