Earlier this week, music was front and center in the media when a judge ruled that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams must pay $4 million in copyright damages plus profits attributable to infringement for their hit song “Blurred Lines.” The suit stated that the song was ‘was improperly drawn from a soulful hallmark from the prior one — Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.”‘ Robin and Pharrell escaped statutory damaged because the infringement was ruled to be found unwillful…or accidental.
Basically what it all boils down to, is there is a similar sound and composition to the music. What is interesting and a tad scary about the ruling, is that everyone is inspired musically by someone else. If you take away the lyrics, half of what’s on the radio today sounds the same. At a recent “American Idol” taping, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr. all shared their thoughts on the ruling.
“They always say the art of originality is learning how to hide your sources,” said Keith Urban.” My initial reaction to it, I was shocked honestly. It seems more like a sound and a feel and a style and a genre and an era; none of which can be copy written. I’m a little bit shocked by it quite frankly.”
You can watch more reactions below. What do you think about the ruling???