Monday, March 23, 2015

Blurred Lines Verdict

Whew, this Blurred Lines verdict sure has folks in an uproar. So in case ya haven't heard an LA jury has decided that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke must pay $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye's family for copyright infringement saying they copied Gaye's song "Got To Give It Up" when writing their smash hit "Blurred Lines".

Pharrell ain't Happy right now and states that "the verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else. This applies to fashion, music, design ... anything". And, if ya check out Twitter and news articles about this case, he certainly has tons of support from musicians, big wigs in the music industry and even legal experts.

I really don't know how much support Robin Thicke is gettin' after he basically said under oath that he was drunk and high on vicodin when he showed up at the studio and was just lucky to be in the room when Pharrell wrote the song. His recollection is that when they made the song he wanted to be more involved than he actually was, but when it became a huge hit, he wanted the credit. Yeppers, even though he had blurred vision, I think everyone agrees he's purdy much of a douche bag!

 So, what do you think? Do you think this verdict blurs the line on the creative process? Or has your life just been a blur like mine after seein' this rendition on TV:


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13 comments:

  1. I really only like Weird's Al version of the song. In a way I think trademarking goes a bit too far, like you can't call something Shabby Chic 'cos it's trademarked. But this song really did get "Inspired" with a lot of the original sound. Its less than inspired, more like copied.

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  2. I wish Pharrell would pay me too for having to listen to all the repetitive crap he makes..

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  3. When you become a copy cat or are a drunk douche bag, you deserve whatever you get.

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  4. Robin Thicke is also going through a divorce now so that's just icing on his douche cake! Pharell can pick up that tab. He spends enough on those hideous hats he wears like Smoky the Bear.

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  5. I'm with Pharrell! I just want to be able to write my Larry Botter 'boy wizard' book series without being sued by J.K. Rowling because it's "the exact same damn book with different names." So unfair.

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  6. I haven't been keeping up on this issue.
    I'm still having trouble wrapping my mind around those Milli Vanilli and Vanilla Ice things.

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  7. This could be a whole rabbit hole for me, but I can't go down there, today.
    Also, I only know "Word Crimes," but I have to ask why "Word Crimes" (which is so much awesome) is okay and the other one is not.

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  8. I think it's ok to be inspired by a song, but not ok to copy it. Everything comes down to money and it really is pretty sad.

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  9. Everything is inspired by other things - it's inevitable. So this lawsuit sounds stupid and I feel for Pharell. As you say, nobody cares about Thicke. At the end of the day, Miley should pay the bill.

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  10. You know, I have no idea. I heard something about this but didn't read up to see what it's really all about. But I agree with Robyn that everything is inspired by other things.

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