The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California has just affirmed a jury’s verdict that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams infringed Marvin Gaye’s copyright in the blockbuster pop hit, “Blurred Lines.” So, Thicke and company have to “give it up” to Gaye, to the tune of over $7,000,000. In its own way, this decision provides more than just an interesting result. It shows, in the immortal words of Ringo Starr, it don’t come easy. The decision is a great lesson on the often complicated and always expensive world of intellectual property litigation, sung to the tune of “an ounce of prevention.”
This lawsuit followed a path of tough, aggressive litigation, numerous motions, and ended with a seven-day jury trial. The jury deliberated for two days and found that the defendants had infringed Marvin Gaye’s copyright.
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