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Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay $5m in final verdict

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The long-running copyright case over hit song Blurred Lines has finally ended, with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams told to pay $5m (£4m).
The ruling concludes a legal battle that began in 2013, when Marvin Gaye’s family claimed Blurred Lines copied Gaye’s 1977 hit Got to Give It Up.
Gaye’s family initially won the case in 2015, but Thicke and Williams appealed.
A California court upheld the verdict in March this year, and the new amended judgement confirms the settlement.
Thicke, Williams and Williams’ publishing company More Water From Nazareth are jointly required to pay Gaye’s family damages of $2.8m (£2.2m).
Meanwhile, Thicke has been ordered to pay an additional $1.7m (£1.3m), while Williams and his publishing company will pay another $357,630 (£282,296).
In addition, Gaye’s family will be entitled to 50% of all future royalties earned by Blurred Lines.
The total payable is $4.98m (£3.9m) – a fraction of the $16.6m (£13m) Williams and Thicke were revealed to have made from the song during the initial trial.

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