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Robin Thicke Speaks on 'Blurred Lines' Verdict, Says He & Pharrell Would Never Steal


Robin Thicke has remained pretty low key since the ruling in the "Blurred Lines" case. The singer recently spoke on the verdict saying he and Pharrell Williams would never steal.

Upon its release, Thicke's collaboration with Pharrell and T.I. became an instant hit and also stirred up quite a bit of controversy. Despite the song's suggestive lyrics, its eerie similarity to Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up" made everyone take a second listen.

Thicke and Pharrell's preemptive move to block a lawsuit from Gaye's family claiming they copied his song was countered with a suit against the two for copyright infringement. They were subsequently ordered to pay the Gaye estate $7.3 million for "Blurred Lines" plagiarism.

During an interview with The New York Times, Thicke defended himself and his collaborator saying: "I know the difference between inspiration and theft. I'm constantly inspired, but I would never steal. And neither would Pharrell."

He went on to explain further, noting "as a songwriter, you're obviously trying to create a brand-new feeling that comes from your heart. But you can't help but be inspired by all of the greatness that came before you."

The jury ultimately awarded the late soul singer's children $4 million in damages plus $3.4 million in profits Thicke and Pharrell had made from their copyright infringement. They went on to appeal the case.

"I sure hope it comes out a different way for Pharrell and me, and also for the future of creativity. You know, there are friends of mine, other musicians, that have spoken out publicly about this, about the injustice of the decision. Adam Levine, John Legend, Stevie Wonder. Unfortunately, they're not on the jury."

Stay tuned for more updates on Thicke's case. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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