'Blurred Lines' verdict handicaps any creator getting inspired, says Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams has spoken for the first time about the 7.4 million dollars verdict in the 'Blurred Lines' trial, saying that one can't own feelings.
London: Pharrell Williams has spoken for the first time about the 7.4 million dollars verdict in the 'Blurred Lines' trial, saying that one can't own feelings.
The 'Happy' hitmaker has slammed the jury's ruling saying that the verdict handicaps any creator out there who was making something that might be inspired by something else, the Financial Times reported.
The Grammy Award winner this applied to fashion, music, design or anything and if they lose their freedom to be inspired, they were going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as they knew it will be frozen in litigation.
He added that one could not own emotion in music and there were only the notations and the progression which were different.
The jury ruled that ' Blurred Lines' copied elements of the late Marvin Gaye's song 'Got to Give It Up' from 1977, ordering Williams and Robin Thicke to pay nearly 7.4 million dollars to Gaye's children for copyright infringement.
Gaye's children Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III sued the singers in 2013 and were present when the verdict was read.