Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Robin Thicke & Pharrell To Pay $5 Million In Final 'Blurred Lines' Verdict

Robin Thicke & Pharrell To Pay $5 Million In Final 'Blurred Lines' Verdict

The ruling also awarded Gaye's family pre-judgement interest on the damages and 50% percent of the royalties from "Blurred Lines" moving forward.

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Additionally, Thicke was ordered to pay more than $1.7 million and Williams and his publishing company must pay $357,631 in separate awards to Gaye's estate.

In addition, Billboard has stated that the 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' creator's family is also entitled to half of the profits that the tune brings in regarding publishing and songwriting revenue.

A rep for Williams had no comment, while a rep for Thicke did not respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

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"While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a terrible precedent for music and creativity going forward", Williams" rep said in a statement at the time.

During the 2013 trial, Williams argued that "Blurred Lines" may "channel the '70s feeling", but "to feel isn't copyright infringement".

But, Richard Busch, the lawyer representing Gaye's family, said the decision "not only protects songwriters' works from being unlawfully copied without payment or credit, but encourages today's writers to create original work that does not take advantage of the success of others while pawning it off as their own". "There are no virgin births in music". I think, when you look back at it, I think the jury voted on emotion ...

"The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else", he said at the time.

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