After a jury found that Robin Thicke and Pharrell's "Blurred Lines" copied Marvin Gaye's 1977 song, "Got To Give It Up," on Tuesday, Thicke's lawyer is saying that "We are going to exercise every post-trial remedy we have to make sure this verdict does not stand."
Howard E. King told Fox Business Network that he will be appealing the decision that his client offer up $7.4 million to the Gaye family, saying: "We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn't stand. My clients know that they wrote the song 'Blurred Lines' from their hearts and souls and no other source."'
While Thicke had said in interviews that they modeled the song after Gaye, he testified that he was high and drunk while doing press. He also testified that he did not write the song, and merely took credit because he was jealous he didn't come up with Pharrell's ideas himself.
In court, Pharrell testified that he did not directly copy Gaye, but just tried to mimick the feel of that era. “I must’ve been channeling," Pharrell said, “that feeling, that late-’70s feeling. Sometimes when you look back on your past work, you see echoes of people. But that doesn’t mean that’s what you were doing.”
By losing the case, King felt as if he had disappointed all musicians, and while many think-pieces sprout up online about how the "Blurred Lines" decision will affect creativity in music, we see that he is not alone. "I think I let songwriters down around the world," King said.