The Robin Thicke lawsuit against his hit song, “Blurred Lines,” saw Thicke found guilty of copying Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got To Give It Up.” Because of the verdict in the lawsuit, Robin Thick and Pharrel were ordered to pay $ 7.3 million to three of Gaye’s children. Robin Thicke and Pharrel are appealing the ruling. Robin Thicke gave an interview to the New York Times about the lawsuit. He explains that his personal life falling apart made it difficult to deal with the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit.
“I was going through personal hell at the time, and I was careless in the deposition. 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. I was lost at the time. I had lost my way.”
The Robin Thicke lawsuit took place during the same time that Thicke was getting divorced from his wife, Paula Patton. Not having his head completely in the game and firmly claiming he did not steal anything are the reasons given by Thicke as to why he and Pharrel are appealing the court decision.
“I know the difference between inspiration and theft. I’m constantly inspired, but I would never steal. And neither would Pharrell.”
If they lose the appeal, and the Robin Thicke lawsuit verdict is upheld, Thicke believes it will create chaos for the music industry.
“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? You can’t help but be inspired by all of the greatness that came before you.”
Thicke has openly stated that “Blurred Lines” was inspired by “Got To Give It Up.” Thicke says he and Pharrel started playing and wrote the song in less than an hour.
Thicke was asked by the New York Times if this lawsuit has made him change his creative process.
“For me, it will not, it has not, changed my process in any way. But yes, many artists and writers have voiced their concerns to me about this, and if the verdict holds up, I believe that it will have a ripple effect on the arts and the industry in general.”
Do you think the ruling in the Robert Thicke lawsuit was right? Will this ruling create a problem for the future of the music industry?
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