Hot off a stunning $7.4 million jury verdict against the creators of “Blurred Lines,” the estate of the late Marvin Gaye has now requested that the song be pulled from the marketplace and no longer distributed.
The “Blurred Lines” trial has been big news for over a week now. In August 2013, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. preemptively sued the estate of Marvin Gaye and Gaye’s estate fired back with a lawsuit of its own over the song “Blurred Lines”. Specifically, the Gayes assert that “Blurred Lines” “sounds” and “feels” just like Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”.
After a two week trial which saw Robin Thicke play the piano and testimony from music executives that the song generated $16.7 million in profits, the estate of Marvin Gaye received a jury verdict of $7.4 million. The monetary award was to cover damages for past copyright infringement but what about present and future damages?
Yesterday, the Estate made two motions. First, a motion to put T.I. on the hook for the infringement. The jury held that T.I. did not have to pay damages but the Estate argues that since he is listed as a co-writer of the song he should be held equally as liable. Second, the Estate made a motion for a permanent injunction to cease further “exploitation” of the song. The Estates argues that the $7.4 million was meant to recompense them for past injury but the injury should not be allowed to continue. The Estate argues for impoundment of all copies of the song and wants distribution of the song to cease.
This does not mean that “Blurred Lines” will be disappearing from your iTunes library as the jury has awarded damages to the Estate for the sale of the song, but, it may mean that you won’t be able to purchase the song any longer or watch the video online. The judge will await opposition to the motion by Thicke’s team and then decide the motion. Since the jury did decide the song is infringing, the threat of future damage is great to the Marvin Gaye estate so the judge will have to work out some way to resolve the issue of future damages. So hurry up and check out the wacky skin and farm animal filled video while you can.
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