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Marvin Gaye’s Estate Wins N1.8 BN In Copyright Case

                          
A lot of people are probably familiar with listening to songs that seem to have the same lyrics or tune with another one. This is the case with “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams.

In a court ruling, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have been told to pay $5m (N1.8 billion) to Marvin Gaye’s family.

In 2013 Gaye’s family claimed Blurred line copied Gaye’s “Give It Up” released in 1977.

At first, Gaye’s family won the case in 2015 but Thicke and Williams appealed.


Apart from the N1.8 billion ruling, Gaye’s family will receive 50% of royalties earned by Blurred Lines subsequently.

The total amount to be paid equals ($4.98) N1.81 billion which is part of the $16.6 million (N6.05 billion) which Williams and Thicke have earned from the song.

The battle which has gone on for five years has been under close scrutiny by the music industry as copyright cases had increased recently.

Many people opine that the ruling was erroneous because the song did not directly plagiarise the musical lyrics but just has the same “feel” as the classic.

The appeal court was reportedly divided on the issue, one of the three judges disagreed with the ruling when it was made in March.

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