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‘Blurred Lines’ continues

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 31 August 2016

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The hot topic in the media in relation to copyright at the moment is the use of snippets or likeness of existing songs used in modern popstars greatest hits.

Much speculation has been cast on mega stars such as Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato, but in the wash of many jumping up to tell the world of the famous thieves, we must not forget the case that sparked the attention.

That is of course, the case Marvin Gaye’s family took against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and TI for their song ‘Blurred Lines’ stating that it is a copy of Gaye’s 1977 hit ‘Got to Give it up’.

While we thought that this case had run its course, it turns out there is more to come.

Following the ruling that Williams and Thicke are to pay a $5.3 million pay-out as well as 50% of song writing and publishing revenues, they have submitted an appeal against this on the 24th August at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

When expressing why they felt an appeal was necessary, the trio in their appeal stated “if left to stand, the Blurred Lines verdict would chill musical creativity and inhibit the process by which later artists draw inspiration from earlier artists to create new popular music.”

Previously, the success of an appeal was limited however the appeal may have been sparked by the success of Led Zeppling in the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ not a plagiarism of ‘Taurus’ by Spirit case. Therefore this is going to be one to watch to see if there will be an unexpected twist to this on going case.

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