Pharrell Has A Brilliant Response To What’s Wrong With The ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict

| March 21, 2015 | 0 Comments


Pharrell Williams finally speaks out about the jury’s $7.4 million verdict awarded to the Marvin Gaye estate last week. Pharrell was found guilty in the ‘Blurred lines’ copyright infringement trial where the courts ruled that there were similarities between Thicke’s song , which Pharrell produced , and Marvin Gaye’s 1977 tune “Got to give it up”.

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The verdict sent shock waves across the music industry as songwriters and producers believe the ruling could open up a pandora’s box of lawsuits over “genre and feel” instead of legitimate copyright infringement. Pharrell , who won producer of the year in 2013 had the perfect response to the verdict:

“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else” , Pharrell told Rolling Stone. “This applies to fashion , music , design anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired , we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas” “Everything that’s around you in this room was inspired by something or someone”, he added “If you kill that there’s no creativity”


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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , or

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