Why the Marvin Gaye ‘Blurred Lines’ payout is absurd and worrying

March 11, 2015 10:23 PM

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So it’s decided. Marvin Gaye owns a certain type of “feel.” And don’t try to re-create it — otherwise, like Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, you’ll end up owing the Gaye estate something in the region of $7.4 million.

Tuesday’s ruling that the song “Blurred Lines” stole from Gaye’s 1977 smash “Got To Give It Up” sent shockwaves across the music industry — and for good reason. Together, Thicke and Williams were estimated to have made close to $11 million from the song, so this payment will leave them with roughly ...

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