A jury in the United States has ruled that the writers of one of the best selling songs of all time ripped off another songwriter.
The jury decided that Blurred Lines – by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams – breached the copyright of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit, Got To Give It Up.
The jury said the Williams and Thicke must pay $10 million to Gaye’s family.
Thicke and Williams denied copying the hit and are disappointed with the jury’s decision.
Gaye died in April 1984, leaving his children the copyright to his music. His children sued Thicke and Williams in 2013.
Williams recognised a likeness between the songs and agreed he was “channelling … that late-70s feeling” when he co-wrote the song but was not thinking of Gaye’s song at all.
The hit, which earned a Grammy nomination, generated more than $22 million in profits and made nearly $7 million for both stars.