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‘Blurred Lines’ re-hearing bid denied

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 13 July 2018

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Arguably one of the most followed and prominent copyright cases in recent years, the Blurred Lines music copyright case has certainly made its mark in the history books.

The dispute began in 2013 and ended in Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke found liable for copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit ‘Got to Give it Up’.

This case has been talked about widely within the IP and music world, with opinions differing on whether the right decision was made and how that will ultimately effect music in the future.

Williams and Thicke have made a number of attempts to change the decision and reduce their liability.  Their request for a retrial in 2015 was rejected, but their damages liability was reduced.

Another appeal attempt in 2016 was unsuccessful. They then tried again to appeal the matter to the US Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit asking for a re-hearing on the grounds that the music only had thin copyright protection.

This argument was rejected and the Court stated that the song held ‘broad’ copyright protection and therefore the matter will not be re-heard.

It seems this matter is never ending, time will tell if this is the final nail in the coffin.

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