Pharrell Williams Denies Having Copied Marvin Gaye in “Blurred Lines”

March 5, 2015 8:03 AM

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Pharrell Williams is on trial for his 2013 hit “Blurred Lines”. He wasn’t sued by feminists, but by copyright owners. The inheritors of Marvin Gaye, author of the 1977 song “Got to Give It Up”, have accused Williams and his collaborators (Robin Thicke and T.I.) of plagiarising their father’s work. Although Pharrell was familiar with Gaye’s music (to such an extent that he said he grew up listening to it) and although he admits having noticed similarities between his hit-song and the late Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”, the star musician claims that this influence was not a deliberate part of his creative process. Pharrell Williams said he looked at Marvin Gaye as a role model, and by no means could accept the misunderstanding of his tribute as a theft. “This is the last place I want to be” – he said about court, regretting the plaintiffs’ disregard for his intention of reviving, not just copying, the style of Marvin Gaye.

The trial, which has begun last week in Los Angeles and is still on-going, has featured several comic moments like Robin Thicke’s performances of bits of “Blurred Lines”, along with bits of U2 and The Beatles songs, in order to point out that musical pieces can use similar chords without being ident...

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