Whether you're a actor, singer, producer, dancer or a dirty car artist, everything you see, hear and touch becomes part of your DNA. And that, according to Pharrell, is why the recent $7.4 million "Blurred Lines" verdict is pretty much the worst thing ever.
"Everything that's around you in a room was inspired by something or someone," Williams told the Financial Times in his first interview since a jury ordered him and singer Robin Thicke to pay the estate of Marvin Gaye $7.4 million in a copyright lawsuit. "If you kill that, there's no creativity."
The producer/singer said he and Thicke are still deciding if they are going to appeal the verdict. But for now he's worried that it will have a chilling effect on anyone trying to follow their musical heart.
"The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else," he said. "This applies to fashion, music, design… anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we're going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas."
Just as Skateboard P was prepping to celebrate "International Day of Happiness" on Friday (March 20), the Times reported that the Gaye family filed an injunction on Thursday attempting to stop the distribution and performance of "Blurred Lines."
Even though the jury found that "Lines" had a similar sound (but different notes and chord sequences) as Gaye's "Got To Give It Up," Pharrell said he's afraid of the precedent the verdict sets. "There was no infringement," he said. "You can’t own feelings and you can’t own emotions . . .[in music] there are only the notations and the progression... Those were different."