A jury backed Marvin Gaye’s family Tuesday after a trial pitting the Motown great’s heirs against the writers of blockbuster 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines.”
The eight-member panel, which retired to consider its verdict Thursday, found that pop stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams plagiarized parts of Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.”
During the two-week trial, Williams said he understood why fans connected the two songs, but explained: “Soul music sounds like soul music… I must’ve been channeling that late ’70s feeling.”
The Gaye estate says that “Blurred Lines” copied elements of the 1970s track. The two sides brought in music experts who dissected the songs’ structures to debate the merits of the claim.