Robin Thicke is back in hot water again for his 2013 hit “Blurred Line.”
Model Emily Ratajkowski, who appeared in the music video for the Thick song with Pharrell Williams, accused Thicke of putting her on set. Ratajkowski revealed the allegations in her forthcoming book “My Body”, claiming that he was intoxicated when Thicke squeezed her breasts in the middle.
“Suddenly, out of nowhere, I felt the stranger’s hands cooling down my bare breasts. I instinctively withdrew. I saw Robin biting back,” he wrote. The Sunday Times.
Thicke did not immediately respond to LBL’ request for comment.
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The model’s allegations, while worrisome, are not the first headache of “blurred lines” The No. 1 hit It has been on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 13 weeks and sold over six million copies. It’s not clear how much the hit single made, but we certainly have a good idea of what it cost him. While the song has its pop music moment, one has to wonder if the “blurred lines” after the lawsuit over copyright infringement cost Thicke and Williams a million dollars and royalty.
The situation stems from claims made by the family of the famous singer Marvin Gaye in the 1970s, which sounded “blurred lines” and accused Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up”.
In response, Thicke, Pharrell Williams and TI also appeared on the track, filing a lawsuit in California federal court that same year, “Blurred Lines” was released against Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music. Hollywood Reporter At the time, Tic, Williams and TI believed they had a case, arguing that the make-up of the song was completely different.
He alleges that Gaye’s family only felt the two songs “feel” or “sound”.
“Gay defendants are asserting absolute genre ownership as opposed to a particular work,” the lawsuit said.
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For the next year and a half, the music world has focused on the case, wondering what the consequences would be if “Sound” and “Feel” provided sufficient legal basis for copyright infringement. In 2015, The New York Times A federal jury in Los Angeles was with Gaye’s family, urging Williams and Farrell to pay for the highest copyright awards in music history.
The two appealed the decision, embarking on another three-year legal battle, resulting in the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling 2-1 on behalf of the Gaye family. lbl.
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The amount the two artists owed to the Gaye family was reduced from about $ 7 million to about $ 5 million. However, Judge John Kronstadt also ordered future royalties from “blurred lines” to go to Gay FIn a friendly manner.
According to this Billboard, Thicke, Williams and Williams, More Water from Nazareth Publishing Inc. Ordered to pay $ 2,848,847 in damages. Thicke was ordered to pay an additional $ 1,768,192, and Williams and his publishing company were ordered to pay another $ 357,631. TI was off the hook after deciding that his brief appearance on the track would not rise to plagiarism.
In addition to costing Thicke and Williams a lot of court rulings, the entire industry is concerned. Do Forbes Notes, artists now need to be more careful with song or beat creation. The Gaye case sets a precedent, whereby songs inspired by another artist can open the artist to a potential plagiarism lawsuit.