More bad news for Robin Thicke and Pharrell. After a jury ruled that their 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" was a rip-off of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," the musicians' attorney asked for a new trial, but U.S. District Judge John Krostadt gave a resounding "no" to their request.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Judge Krostadt also wants T.I., who is featured on the song, to be held accountable. He reportedly agreed with the Gaye family's argument that Tip and the labels behind the song's creation — UMG, Interscope, and Star Trak Entertainment — should also be held legally responsible for copyright infringement, along with Pharrell and Thicke.
While the Gayes came out on top once again, they were not granted everything they requested. Their appeal for an injuction to halt distribution of the song was denied, but they have been granted 50 percent of all of the song's ongoing royalties, which, to date, rakes in millions.
Also taking a cut is the Gaye family's awarded damages, which runs in Williams's favor. While they were initially awarded $7.4 million, the figure has now been slashed to $5.3 million. The profits that the "Happy" crooner has to turn over has also been cut from $1.6 million to approximately $358,000.
While the case is progressing, it's not over just yet. Thicke and Williams are set to take the dispute even further to appeals court.
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