T.I. may have not taken the financial hit that Robin Thicke and Pharrell did, when they were ordered last week to pay a Marvin Gaye's family $7.4 million after it was ruled that “Blurred Lines” too closely copied Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.” But Tip may not be totally home free.
The family wants a judge to "correct" the ruling and add the rapper, as well as Universal Music, Interscope Records and Star Trak Entertainment to the list of those that infringed on the late singer's copyright, according to The Hollywood Reporter. When the verdict came down initially, the jury had ruled that Tip and the record companies did not infringe.
"[I]f the jury finds there’s infringement and if Universal distributed the recording, then according to what I heard [a lawyer for team Williams] say, they would be liable," the family said in a new motion, according to Vulture.
On Wednesday, Gaye's children, Nona Gaye, Frankie Gaye and Marvin Gaye III, penned an open letter about the recent case. "If he were alive today, we feel he would embrace the technology available to artists and the diverse music choices and spaces accessible to fans who can stream a song at a moment's notice," they said, according to Rolling Stone. "But we also know he would be vigilant about safeguarding the artist's rights. He also gave credit where credit is due."