If you thought those ‘Blurred Lines’ had now been brought into focus, sit tight.
After a jury decided that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke must pay $7.4 million in profits and damages to Marvin Gaye’s family, a separate controversy over liability has spilled over into post-trial proceedings.
The Gayes now argue that all of those who infringed the original song “by virtue of their participation in the creation, manufacture and distribution” of ‘Blurred Lines’ should be punished. The estate is now pushing for the judge to “correct” the jury’s verdict and add Universal Music, Interscope Records and Star Trak Entertainment to the list of parties held liable for copyright infrigement. They’re also asking for the track’s guest rapper T.I., who was not involved in the trial, to be held accountable.
The latest move could also influence the judge’s decision on whether to order an injunction preventing further distribution of ‘Blurred Lines’.
Pharrell’s lawyer previously said he was confident that an injunction wouldn’t be granted, because the jury had decided not to hold the record labels liable. If that changes, the Gayes will continue to push for Marvin Gaye to be added to the credits of ‘Blurred Lines’ so that they can share in all future proceeds of the song.