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Blurred Lines: Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke ordered to pay $5 million to Marvin Gaye estate


ABC/Fred LeeThe long drawn-out legal battle over Robin Thicke‘s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines, involving Pharrell Williams and Marvin Gaye‘s estate, has finally come to a pricey end. 

The artists behind the buzzy single have been ordered by Judge John A. Kronstadt to pay the family of the “What’s Going On” singer $5 million, Billboard reports. The hefty sum includes Thicke, Williams and Williams’ publishing company owing a combined $2.9 million, plus an additional $1.7 million required to be paid by Thicke and some $357,631 from Williams and his More Water From Nazareth company.

As previously reported, the Gaye family sued Thicke and Williams in 2013 for copyright infringement of the soul singer’s 1977 hit song “Got to Give It Up.” Initially, a judge ruled that both Thicke and Williams owed Gaye’s estate $7 million, but following an appeal the judgement was decreased. 

Moving forward, the Gaye family is entitled to a running royalty of half the “Blurred Lines” songwriter and publishing revenue.  

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