Late Tuesday afternoon, the family of Marvin Gaye asked a federal judge to block the sale and performance of “Blurred Lines,” the 2013 hit written by Pharrell Williams and co-performed by Robin Thicke. Last week, a Los Angeles jury awarded the Gaye family $7.4 million in damages and determined that Thicke and Williams had infringed on Gaye’s copyright for the 1977 hit “Got To Give It Up.”
The Gaye family’s lawyers asked for a permanent injunction, but said they weren’t looking to eradicate new sales of the song entirely. (Too bad, in a way, because some of us would be happy if that particular earworm died an inglorious radio death.) Rather, they wanted the injunction as a way to begin negotiations over royalties, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Thicke and Williams’ lawyers contend that the judge should not grant the Gaye family the requested injunction because the companies that recorded and distribute the song were not found liable for infringement in the jury’s verdict from last week.
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