Judge Slashes Marvin Gaye Family Blurred Lines Judgement Over $2 Million

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A judge on Tuesday slashed more than $2 million off a judgement awarded by a jury to the Marvin Gaye family back in March.

U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt ruled that Gaye’s family will be awarded a 50/50 share of future royalties for recordings and performances of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams‘ smash hit “Blurred Lines.”

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Judge Kronstadt said in a 56-page ruling, that the copyright infringement verdict a jury reached in March should be cut by just over $2M, from nearly $7.4 million to $5.3 million. He then awarded Gaye’s family 50 percent of the song’s publishing going forward. He rejected a motion made by Thicke and Williams’ team for a retrial, and refused to issue an injunction requested by Gaye’s family that would have temporarily blocked sales and future performances of the song.

Last March a jury sided with Gaye’s family, agreeing “Blurred Lines” directly copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 iconic hit “Got to Give It Up.”

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