In December 2018, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay the Marvin Gaye estate $5 million for copyright infringement.
The U.S. District Court for Central California ruled that Thicke & Williams' 2013 song "Blurred Lines" infringed on the copyright of Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up."
Read the groundbreaking legal ruling here: Williams v. Gaye, C.D. Cal., No. 13-06004.
The legal right granted to an author, composer, playwright, publisher or distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work.
Library of Congress. Copyright. U.S. Copyright Office, 12 Nov. 2012. Web. 13 Nov. 2012.
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