Marvin Gaye

'Blurred Lines': How many tunes are 'blurred'?

'Blurred Lines': How many tunes are 'blurred'?

Have a hit, get a writ.

That music-industry axiom is one way to understand the legal battle between Marvin Gaye's heirs and two recent chart-toppers, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. The Gaye family accused Thicke and Williams of plagiarizing one of Gaye's best known compositions, "Got to Give It Up," when they wrote the smash "Blurred Lines" in 2013. On Tuesday a federal jury agreed, awarding Gaye's heirs nearly 70% of the $10.8 million that Thicke and Williams have made on the song.

Thicke and Williams have said that they just wanted to capture the feel of Gaye's tune, and it's a tribute to Williams' skills as a...

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