Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have received a little bit of good news regarding their ‘Blurred Lines’ copyright case, after a judge trimmed more than $2 million from the damages the duo were ordered to pay to the family of Marvin Gaye.
Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines will now cost him $2 million less.
On July 14th US district judge John A Kronstadt ruled that $2 million should be cut from the $7.4 million total which had been decided on back in March, bringing the sum down to $5.3 million. Kronstadt said that he had made the reduction as the original award was not supported by the evidence.
The actual damages in the case have now been reduced from $4 million to just under $3.2 million, with the cut of the profits that Williams has to pay going down from $1.6 million to $358,000. However Gaye’s family will also get a share of future earnings from the 2013 track.
The judge also accepted the Gaye family’s contention that record labels including Universal, Interscope and Star Trak Entertainment, should he held liable for distributing the song that was found to have copied Gaye’s 1977 hit 'Got to Give It Up'. The family will now receive 50% of future songwriting and publishing revenues.
Kronstadt’s 56-page ruling also rejected a request by Thicke and Williams’s lawyers for a new trial, while also refusing to issue an injunction requested by Gaye’s family that would have temporarily blocked sales and performance of 'Blurred Lines'. Rapper T.I., who features on the track was found to have not copyright infringement, but because of other elements of the jury’s verdict he must be included in the judgment.
In a statement The Gaye family’s attorney, Richard Busch said, “Mr Thicke and Williams, and their legal team, among others, went on a public relations campaign after the jury’s verdict criticising the verdict and saying the evidence did not support the finding of copyright infringement, and did not believe the decision on liability would therefore stand.
“The judge who actually heard all of the evidence disagreed. I am thrilled for the Gaye family, and the thoughtful members of the jury, who had to listen to all of that while remaining silent.” Lawyers for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are yet to comment on the ruling.