Pharrell has spoken out for the first time since the ‘Blurred Lines’ trial verdict, warning that the case could spark a wave of copycat litigation.
“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,” Williams told the Financial Times (paywall). “This applies to fashion, music, design… anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.”
“Everything that’s around you in a room was inspired by something or someone,” he added. “If you kill that, there’s no creativity.”
Yesterday Marvin Gaye’s children released an open letter addressing the case and why they think they’re doing what their father would have wanted. The family is now pursuing a way to “correct” the verdict to make several record labels and guest rapper T.I. (who was not involved in the trial) guilty of infringement. [via Rolling Stone]