Blurred Lines jury verdict tests boundaries on copyright infringement

March 12, 2015 12:44 AM

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Blurred Lines jury verdict tests boundaries on copyright infringement

Marvin Gaye’s family may have succeeded in getting Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to give up nearly $7.4 million US after losing a plagiarism lawsuit against their hit song, but industry experts are skeptical of the jury verdict and are worried it could blur the lines of musical copyright infringement.

A set of eight jurors deciding that Thicke and Pharrell’s 2013 song Blurred Lines ripped off Gaye’s 1977 Got To Give It Up made for a “pretty unusual” case, said entertainment lawyer Susan Abramovitch.

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