Pharrell Finally Talks “Blurred Lines” Verdict (And We Agree)
Last week, a Los Angeles jury came to the verdict that Pharrell ripped off Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” for “Blurred Lines”, and has to pay 7.3 million dollars to Gaye’s estate. I feel Robin Thicke is a complete douche, and Pharrell’s song “Happy” makes me want to kill myself but I understand the way creativity works, so I can’t cosign this legal decision.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Pharrell stated: “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. If we lose our freedom to be inspired we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.”
Pharrell’s lawyers stuck to this rationale for their defense, also stating that Blurred Lines” has more notes in common with Lee Dorsey’s “Working in the Coal Mine” than with Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”. Just to confirm Thicke’s douchiness, in 2014, he stated that while recording “Blurred Lines”, he was drunk and high on Vicodin, which should relieve him of all legal responsibility, obviously.
How about we just forget all notions of creative freedom, and instead, reflect on how hot Emily Ratajkowski looks in the “Blurred Lines” video, below.