Robin Thicke & Pharrell Will Appeal

Robin Thicke & Pharrell Will Appeal

Last week the attorney for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams announced they will appeal the verdict that cost them $7.3 million for plagiarizing Mavin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.”

During an interview with Fox News, Howard E, King (Thicke/Williams Attorney) advised the jury never heard either song in its respective entirety. The trial was based heavily on testimony from a musicologist whose comparisons were “based on elements of Gaye’s song that were absent from the original sheet music.” When “Got to Give It Up” was released, only written music was subject to copyright.

Meanwhile, TIME is reporting that this may just be the beginning as the Gaye family are eying a lawsuit around Pharrell’s “Happy,” which is said to resemble Gaye’s 1965 song “Ain’t That Peculiar.”

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