TRENDING: New "Blurred Lines" Ruling Saves Pharrell $1 Million

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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.