A judge on Tuesday trimmed more than $2 million from a verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williamsover their hit “Blurred Lines,” but Marvin Gaye’s family will also get a significant share of future earnings from the 2013 hit song.
U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt ruled that the copyright infringement verdict a jury reached in March should be cut from nearly $7.4 million to $5.3 million. The judge’s ruling, however, gives Gaye’s family 50 percent of the song’s future royalties.
Kronstadt’s 56-page ruling dealt with several post-trial issues, including a request by Thicke and Williams’ lawyers for a new trial. The judge rejected that motion, and also refused to issue an injunction requested by Gaye’s family that would have temporarily blocked sales and performance of “Blurred Lines.”
The jury in March sided with Gaye’s family, who contended “Blurred Lines” copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.”