It’s a victory or a blow, depending on your perspective on modern music copyright rules:
There’s a new ruling from the federal judge overseeing the lawsuit brought against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke by the Marvin Gaye family over the mega-hit “Blurred Lines.”
US District Judge Kronstadt has rejected arguments over expert witness testimony and jury instructions and denied bid for a new trial, while ruling that Universal Music and T.I. be held liable for copyright infringement.
At the same time, the judge trimmed the $7.4 million verdict to $5.3 million—an amount that reduces both damages and profits that must be turned over.
Meanwhile, the debate over the concept of “unique” musical expression continues.
For a detailed breakdown of the ruling, visit the Hollywood Reporter.