In March of this year, a California jury awarded $7.36 million in damages to Marvin Gaye’s family, finding that Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and Clifford Harris, Jr.’s hit song “Blurred Lines” infringed on the Marvin Gaye classic song “Got to Give It Up.” Recently, the Judge in this case made rulings on several post-trial motions. Some of the most significant rulings are that a request for a new trial was denied and that the Judge reduced the jury verdict from $7.36 million to $5.3 million. Also, the Judge found that T.I. was liable, reversing the jury verdict that he was not due to errors in the jury instructions. Further, the Judge denied a request for an injunction to prevent the distribution of the “Blurred Lines” song, and instead required payment of an “ongoing royalty of 50% of songwriter and publishing revenues” to Marvin Gaye’s family. Although the Judge has made a ruling in this case, this dispute may continue if either party decides to appeal.
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