A U.S District Judge has just handed down a decision that upholds the verdict given to the family of Marvin Gaye over the copying of Got to Give It Up in the Robin Thicke smash Blurred Lines.
The Gaye family won the original trial back in March, where it was found that Thicke and Pharrell Williams did not willfully and plan copyright infringement but did, in fact, copy major portions of the Gaye record, and were awarded $7.4 million. The verdict was appealed but, in the long run, it may have hurt more people and companies.
Along with denying a new trial, U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt also agreed with the Gaye family on their request to add T.I., who also appeared on the record, and the record companies UMG, Interscope and Star Trak Entertainment to the judgement.
Gaye’s family did, however, lose the bid to have the song removed from all distribution. They were, instead, awarded 50% of all songwriting and publishing royalties. The judgement was also reduced from $7.4 million to $5.3 million.
Thicke and Pharrell still plan on appealing the original ruling.
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