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This is Interesting: Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” Testimony Unsealed

The ruling that the Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams song “Blurred Lines” infringed the copyright of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” is still being discussed in back rooms of the music industry. Does this set a precedent for others to follow similar legal avenues?

The discussions just got more interesting now that The Hollywood Reporter has obtained video of some of the testimony.  Billboard reports:

When a federal jury in March found Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke liable for infringing a Marvin Gaye song to create the 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines,” many observers wondered how this had happened. Some blamed the vagaries of copyright law for the $5 million judgment, while others turned to what the musicologists had said during the trial. But the musicians themselves certainly played a big role in the outcome.

Now, as the case heads toward an appeal, THR has obtained video of the Williams and Thicke depositions. Below, watch excerpts of Williams’ contentious back-and-forth with Gaye attorney Richard Busch, in which the well-known singer-producer is challenged over whether he can read music and how much of “Blurred Lines” he wrote for Thicke. It’s compelling video….

Billboard has more information here.

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