Wednesday 26 October 2016

More than 200 musicians support Blurred Lines appeal

Published 01/09/2016 | 04:11

Robin Thicke and T.I. perform Blurred Lines in Los Angeles in 2013 (AP)
Robin Thicke and T.I. perform Blurred Lines in Los Angeles in 2013 (AP)

More than 200 musicians are supporting Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. in their legal dispute over the hit song Blurred Lines.

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Composer Hans Zimmer, crooner R Kelly and members of such bands as the Go-Go's, the Black Crowes, Linkin Park and Three 6 Mafia have backed the creators of Blurred Lines, the biggest hit song of 2013.

The musicians filed a brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to express concern about the ruling last year in a case brought by the children of Marvin Gaye.

They sued for copyright infringement claiming Blurred Lines copied Gaye's hit Got To Give It Up.

The musicians said the ruling could have "adverse impact on their own creativity, on the creativity of future artists, and on the music industry in general".

Gaye's descendants won a 7.4 million dollars (£5.6 million) verdict, which a judge reduced to 5.3 million dollars (£4 million).

Lawyers for Thicke and Williams have appealed against the copyright infringement verdict, saying it should be overturned, or a new trial ordered.

Their filing contends the judge presiding over a week-long trial gave jurors several improper instructions.


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