Pharrell Reacts To $7.3 Million "Blurred Lines" Verdict
Visibly bummed following the recent judgment in the highly-publicized "Blurred Lines" trial, Pharrell Williams offers his thoughts on the verdict, which he calls "shocking." The infringement case found Williams and singer Robin Thicke at odds with the estate of soul music legend Marvin Gaye because of alleged similarities between the aforementioned smash and Gaye's 1977 hit "Got To Give It Up." In a recent post-trial interview with Access Hollywood, Williams states his belief that the $7.3 million verdict was a decision based upon emotion:
"But, I think, when you look back at it, I think the jury voted on emotion and not the -- this is my opinion -- I feel like the verdict was based on emotion and not the real true issue, which was copyright infringement. There's no copyright infringement."
Continuing, he notes:
"However, there was no copyright infringement and that's what our case was about. It wasn't about inspiration. As much as we can argue about that and as much as I feel like inspiration is a freedom and it is something that should be fought for and we will fight for inspiration, the funny thing is that's not what this case is about. This case was about copyright infringement and three out of 22 notes does not denote copyright infringement, interpolation, sample any of the above. It's the law and so we believe that the law will be upheld, so we're not worried."
Check out the interview footage below to get the full rundown from Pharrell. Get more via accesshollywood.com.
Spotted at Billboard.