It is no secret that artists are constantly borrowing from one another. The sounds we hear and the images we see are bound to influence the way in which artists create work, whether this influence is intentional or not. After all, one can not un-see something that has inspired great work.
That being said, a line must eventually be drawn between inspiration and simply unoriginality.
Musicians Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams had that line drawn this past week after a federal jury in Los Angeles determined that the duo had committed copyright infringement with their song, “Blurred Lines.” The Grammy nominated, funk-influenced single has been determined to mirror the sound of Marvin Gaye’s 1977, “Got To Give It Up.”
Watch the YouTube video below and decide for yourself.
The similarities between the two single’s baseline is undeniable. But despite the fact that the lyrics are totally different, ultimately, Thicke and Williams will now have to pay $7.3 million to Gaye’s family for the offense.
Listen to “Got To Give It Up” below — everyone can use some Marvin Gaye.