In May of this year, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams whom were named the ” defendants” in a legal trial had filed legal papers seeking a new trial after being order to pay Marvin’s Gaye’s estate $7.4 Million for copyright infringement on Gaye’s 1977 song ” Got To Give It Up”; however, according to The Hollywood Reporter , the U.S District Judge, Judge John Kronstadt, who presided over the case rejected the defendants call for a new trial on Tuesday ( July 14) . Therefore, there will be no retrial in the case of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines.”
Nevertheless, Judge Kronstadt did reduced the copyright infringement verdict from $7.3 million to $5.3 million. The $2 million trimming also cuts down the amount that Williams had to turn over, going from $1.6 million to about $358,000. Despite the reduction, the ruling gives Gaye’s family 50 percent of the song’s future royalties.
The Gaye family had also had been denied the request for an injunction that would have temporaily blocked sales and performances of “Blurred Lines”
Kronstadt also accepted Gaye family’s contention that Interscope Records, UMG Recordings, Star Trak Entertainment and T.I. (real name Clifford Harris) were all liable along with Thicke and Willams.
Via The Hollywood Reporter