(source) - The similarities weren’t that blurry after all. A Los Angeles federal jury found Tuesday that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up” when they wrote and recorded their hit song “Blurred Lines.” The eight-person panel awarded Gaye’s heirs more than $7.3 million. Williams and Thicke quickly issued an ominous warning through their reps, saying the verdict could have a chilling effect on future creativity.
"While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward," the statement issued through Williams’ publicist and the duo’s lawyer said. "Pharrell created 'Blurred Lines' from his heart, mind and soul and the song was not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter,” it read. “You haven’t heard the end of this by a long shot,” their lawyer Howard E. King told the Daily News after the verdict. He confirmed Williams, 41, and Thicke, 38, are considering an appeal.
So we all agree this is really stupid. Like who gives a fuck, I don't understand why it's such a big story that it blew up all over the internet and news and twitter and everything last night. It's Blurred Lines. We all know what that song is, it's that catchy song with the naked girls that you sorta dance to when it comes on but after enough times you're like "okay I get it, enough with that song", so who gives a shit if it's copied? Is anyone genuinely shocked or offended that these guys ripped off a Marvin Gaye song? Did we have so much stock in the creative genius of both Robin Thicke and Pharrell that this is front page news? I'm pretty sure everyone is okay with this song not being a completely original piece of music, and if not.... well then that's just fuckin weird.
Now, if the news is the whole copyright thing and how this sets an interesting precedent for the music industry going forward, then okay I can get that. But I also feel like this kinda shit happens all the time, no? Like doesn't everyone get sued pretty much every time they make a song these days cus it sounded like somebody else's? Usually it seems more hush hush so I just don't understand why this particular song is garnering so much attention. I would be shocked if it really changed anything in terms of people sampling songs or what is and isn't infringement. Seems like a run of the mill Bowie/Queen/Vanilla Ice scenario*. But maybe I have zero clue what I'm talking about and this really is a landmark moment and now sampling is pretty much over. That's definitely a possibility, always need to account for idiocy on this end. I guess my point overall is I just don't get why news is news these days, for the most part.
P.S. So what does this mean for us? We pretty much went Inception style with this song: a song that's copying a song that's also a copy of another song. A taco bell inside a KFC inside a mall, if you will. But does that make us open for a suing? Cus I promise, Marvin, we didn't even listen to your song when we were making this:
* Oh what's that?! We have another sketch with relevancy to this topic?! Of course we do, idiots.