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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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Some loved the videos, others not so much. One naysayer conservative Washington, D.C. video columnist took to Twitter to challenge Cardi b and other liberal women on how the provocative video will help during the #MeToo movement.

In the Era of #meToo how exactly does this empower women? Leftists, @iamcardib , feel free to chime in. THX .. pic.twitter.com/59fyDxrYAz

— Stephanie Hamill (@STEPHMHAMILL) January 21, 2019

Cardi B saw the tweet and responded to Hamill directly telling the former Trump national diversity coalition advisor that what a woman wears has no bearing on how much respect she should be given.

"It says to women that I can wear and not wear whatever I want. do whatever I want and that NO still means," the "I Like It" rapper tweeted. "So Stephanie chime in..If I twerk and be half naked does that mean I deserve to get raped and molested? I want to know what a conservative woman like you thinks."

It says to women that I can wear and not wear what ever I want. do w.e I want and that NO still means NO. So Stephanie chime in..If I twerk and be half naked does that mean I deserve to get raped and molested ? I want to know what a conservative woman like you thinks 🤔 https://t.co/8UBQQzO6jK

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Not Sicko Mode: Nick Cannon Says Travis Scott Isn't For The Culture

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During a sitdown with TMZ's Raquel Harper, the host of Masked Singer said "I'm Kaepernick all day," but said Scott doesn't have enough "cultural equity" to perform during Super Bowl LIII halftime show.

"To me, I call it cultural equity. So we're not mad at Big Boi for performing at the Super Bowl. He's for the people," 38-year-old Cannon explained. "[For Scott] he has to walk gingerly."

Harper followed up and questioned Cannon, to which he further explained having a child with Kylie Jenner also reduced his "cultural equity."

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Harper reminded Cannon he's dated a few white women in his past, to which Cannon then looked into the camera and shouted: "I love white women."

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Tupac's Drawing Depicting Sex With Then-Girlfriend Sells At Auction For $21,000

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