212 Recording Artists Supporting Robin Thicke

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At 9x platinum, “Blurred Lines” stands as the best-selling single from a Canadian artist during the digital era. Hungry for a fat piece of the pie, the children of Marvin Gaye selected this song of the year 2013 to launch a copyright infringement suit claiming it copied Marvin’s song “Give It Up”. They won a 7.4 million USD verdict (which the judge reduced to $5.3 million). Lawyers representing the defendants, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and TI, have appealed the decision, and now, more than 200 recording artists are supporting them by filing a brief with the court of appeals to express disapproval of last year’s ruling. The Go-Go’s, Tears for Fears, Linkin Park, Hans Zimmer, R. Kelly, The Black Crowes and many more say the dangerous precedent set by awarding the Gaye descendants, when the two songs do not bear similar melodies or even share a single melodic phrase, stands to have an adverse impact on their own creativity, on the creativity of future artists, and on the music industry in general. The brief also notes that Marvin Gaye himself was heavily influenced by other artists.

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