A jury has reached a verdict in the case of copyright infringement between Marvin Gaye’s heirs and Robin Thicke. A jury has found that Thicke’s “hit song did infringe on Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” and “Sexy Ways” by Funkadelic. The jury awarded Gaye 4 million dollars in damages, plus profits that Thicke and Williams made from the song, for a grand total of 7.4 million dollars.
In all of the news stories I read on this case, not once did I see Funkadelic named in the suit. And indeed, Funkadelic was not suing Thicke, choosing to stand with him as we see in this Twitter post from George Clinton: “No sample of #Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways” in @RobinThicke’s “Blurred Lines” – yet Armen Boladian thinks so? We support @RobinThicke @Pharrel!”
In my opinion, the jury was wrong, but I am glad I wasn’t in charge of making such a decision.