Raw Depositions of Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke Used In ‘Blurred Lines’ Trial Released

| October 25, 2015 | 0 Comments


A Los Angeles federal judge unsealed deposition videos containing interviews with musicians Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke that were used in the “Blurred Lines” trial held earlier this year.

“Blurred Lines,” best known for its controversial video, spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the charts and has sold more than 7.3 million copies in the U.S. alone, according to Neilsen Soundscan figures.

In late 2013, the family of crooner Marvin Gaye accused Williams and Thicke of having elements from Gaye’s song “Got To Give It Up” in their 2013 smash-hit “Blurred Lines.”

According to reports the family demanded that the songwriters give up the royalties since they blurred the lines and infringed on the copyrights of the music from their late father Marvin Gaye. The case went to trial earlier this year.

On March 10, a federal jury determined Williams and Thicke lifted portions of Gaye’s 1977 classic and awarded the late singer’s family almost $7.4 million. A judge later reduced the amount to $5.4 million.

After the verdict Williams said:

“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,”

“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 a room was inspired by something or someone,” Williams added. “If you kill that, there’s no creativity.”

Williams’ and Thicke’s attorneys filed for an appeal on the ruling.

In the newly-released videos, Thicke admits that he was “high and drunk” during media interviews in which he tied his song with Gaye’s, while Williams explained how much of “Blurred Lines” he wrote.

During the trial, the jury watched Williams’ 14-minute deposition video. His responses were short and he said another attorney had asked him a “myriad of ludicrous questions.” When asked about his ability to read music, Williams simply said “I am not comfortable,” telling the attorney “I am not here to teach you music.”

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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 , http://darnellmmusic@gmail.com/ or https://twitter.com/@darnellmmusic/

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