There’s a lot of money at stake in the “Blurred Lines” trial.
Robin Thicke’s 2013 single brought in more than $16 million dollars it was revealed in court Tuesday (March 3). According to the Hollywood Reporter, Thicke made $5,658,214 off his hit, while Pharrell Williams brought in $5,153,457, and T.I. got $704,774.
The remaining $6.9 million went to the respective record companies, Interscope, UMG Distribution, and Williams’ imprint, Star Trak. The Creative Arts Agency was subpoenaed to released the financial information.
Thicke is being sued by Marvin Gaye’s children, who claim “Blurred Lines” is a knockoff of “Got to Give It Up,” which was released in the early 1970s. The family is going after sales, as well as touring money, and damages, totaling $40 million. A second song, Thicke’s “Love After War,” is also named in the suit over an alleged likeness to Gaye’s “After the Dance.” Thicek’s wife, Paula Patton co-wrote ”Love After War” and is expected to testify at the trail.
“Blurred Lines” stands accused of copyright infringement because there was no pre-release negotiation with the Gayes. “After the fact it becomes an infringement and you lose your negotiating power,” accounting expert Nancie Stern testified. “There are many different variables that will go into how that will turn out.”
Sony ATV, which owns publishing to both songs, settled with Gaye’s family for an undisclosed amount last year and therefore faces no legal responsibility.
The “Blurred Lines” trial is now in its second week.
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