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Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams Lose Appeal In "Blurred Lines" Case

The artists will still have to fork over $5 million to the Gaye family. 

The original verdict in the copyright case between Pharell Williams, Robin Thicke and the family of Marvin Gaye has been upheld, giving more meaning to one of the most music important copyright cases in history.

NBC News reports the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Thicke and Williams' appeal in the 2013 copyright infringement case which claimed their hit "Blurred Lines" mimicked Gaye's 1977 song, "Got to Give It Up." Some changes made to the ruling the decrease of damages to the Gaye estate. The family will receive a payout of $5.3 million and half of the royalties for the song. T.I. was also removed from the case since the rapper was a “vicarious writer" who didn't take part in the original creation of the song.

Unauthorized use of any element of a song leaves an artist at the mercy of another, whether posthumous or living. Referencing the work of someone or something as a catalyst for your next hit without a written agreement might now get you to a lawsuit sooner than it can to the top of the charts. The style of the songs also came into play, which will change the landscape of sampling in the music industry.

Dissenting judge, Jacqueline Nguyen argued in favor of the duo. “While experts are invaluable in identifying and explaining elements that appear in both works, judges must still decide whether, as a matter of law, these elements collectively support a finding of substantial similarity,” she said. “Here, they don’t, and the verdict should be vacated.”

Nguyen criticized analysis of the two entities as only sheets of paper. She wrote, “…By refusing to compare the two works, the majority establishes a dangerous precedent that strikes a devastating blow to future musicians and composers everywhere.” The judge worried that the ruling would have a longterm and widespread effect on musicians with new music that shares a liking to a sample or inspiration from the past.

In 2016, a slew of artists backed an appeal letter that protested this case, stating that it would “blur a line,” so to speak, between inspiration and unlawful copying. They included Jennifer Hudson, John Oates of the legendary Hall & Oates and Linkin Park.

Gross profits of the song reportedly stand at $16,675,690 and $11 million in touring revenue.

READ: Judge Reduces Cash Settlement Of “Blurred Lines” Verdict, Adds New Stipulation

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Missy Elliott, Solange, Summer Walker And More To Perform At Governors Ball 2020

Start setting aside your funds now, because the lineup for Governors Ball is one that you can’t miss. On Thursday (Jan. 16), the popular festival revealed its dates and lineup for its 10th edition. On the bill, attendees will witness performances by Missy Elliott, Solange, Summer Walker, Steve Lacy, Pink Sweat$, and more.

Held at Randall’s Island Park in New York City, the event will takeoff June 5-7. In a statement, the festival’s organizers commemorated the annual concert for hitting this momentous feat. “The upcoming 10th edition of the Governors Ball Music Festival marks a major milestone for an event that originated as a shared pipe-dream between New Yorkers in their early 20s who wanted to see their city play host to a music festival on par with the world’s best live music events,” the statement reads.

Tickets hit the market on Friday (Jan. 17) at 12 p.m. EST at govball.com. View the full lineup and flyer below.

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