The attorney of Robin Thick and Pharrell Williams, Howard E. King, has vowed to protect their artistic rights concerning the hit song “Blurred Lines.” He will appeal the copyright infringement case brought against the two pop stars by Marvin Gaye’s family in a higher court.
Howard E. King, the lawyer representing pop stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, plans to avenge the defeat that the two stars faced in the hands of Marvin Gaye’s heirs.
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Their song “Blurred Lines,” which was a #1 hit in 2013, selling millions upon millions of copies, bore too much of a resemblance to “Got to Give it Up,” a 70s era song by Marvin Gaye. The jury looking into the matter awarded Marvin Gaye’s estate a whopping $7 million from the pockets of these two pop stars, much to their chagrin.
King feels totally preposterous. He said that the landmark decision taken by the jury had set a bad precedent for others who would just love to jump on the litigious bandwagon and bleed other artists dry of their hard-won funds.
King told FOX that he would definitely appeal the decision in a higher court of law. He said that no matter what happened, the money would not be allowed to enter the coffers of the Gaye estate. King spoke of how Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams had created that song from scratch and had put their heart and souls into it.
They may have been influenced in some unknown mysterious way by Marvin Gaye, but to say that they directly copied him was plain nonsense. It was like saying that one is rayon and the other is silk. Although rayon is artificial and silk is natural, they bear a very big similarity in texture and feel pretty much the same to anyone.
Yet everyone knows that there is a world of difference between them. One comes from silkworms while the other comes from experiments in a laboratory. King said that the jury had confused the two and so the heirs of silk were prosecuting the heirs of rayon.
This was absolutely unfair and ought not to be allowed to take place at all since it would set the trend in motion of casting greedy eyes in the direction of every pop star who churned out a song.
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King may be right since Pharrell, the real originator of the song, said that he grew up listening to Marvin Gaye. He also said that he never deliberately set out to imitate Gaye. And Pharrell Williams claims that the late and great Marvin Gaye is his hero and he wouldn’t dare to consider himself his equal. Now that is what we call respect.