Singer Robin Thicke has finally broken his silence about the Blurred Lines lawsuit.
In an interview with the New York Times, the Billboard Music Award-winning artist made it clear that stealing would never be an option for him or Grammy-winning producer Pharrell Williams.
“I know the difference between inspiration and theft. I’m constantly inspired, but I would never steal. And neither would Pharrell.”
Even though he strives for originality as an artist, the 38-year-old Get Her Back admits inspiration makes it into the music.
“As a songwriter, you’re obviously trying to create a brand-new feeling that comes from your heart. But you can’t help but be inspired by all of the greatness that came before you.”
The family of the late singer, Marvin Gaye, sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copyright infringement, targeting the apparent similarities between Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Marvin’s 1977 hit, “Got to Give It Up.”
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As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the judge ruled in favor of Marvin’s family — awarding them $3.4 million in profits made by the song, along with an additional $4 million in damages.
However, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams decided to appeal the court’s decision. During his interview, Robin discussed the verdict and its potential effect on the future of artistic creativity in general.
“If the verdict holds up, I believe that it will have a ripple effect on the arts and the industry in general. I mean, if you made the first superhero movie, do you own the concept of the superhero?”
Thicke noted that several of his friends and fellow musicians have spoken out publicly about the “injustice of the decision” — including Adam Levine, Stevie Wonder, and John Legend.
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However, he also added that “unfortunately, they’re not on the jury.”
Robin also blamed his carelessness during the trial on his marital issues with his estranged wife, Paula Patton.
“My personal issues were all that mattered to me at the time. That’s why I use the word ‘careless’ to describe my attitude at the time. Obviously, I didn’t give my all to the trial. It simply wasn’t as important to me as what was going on in my personal life.”
Even though the trial did not go his way the first time around, Robin Thicke hopes that the appeal will cause it to go in a different way for himself, Pharrell Williams, as well as “the future of creativity.”
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