Ouch! Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke found guilty of ripping off Marvin Gaye

The kids of the late soul legend Marvin Gaye will be cashing a $7.4 million check if a jury’s verdict sticks in the plagiarism case against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. Pharrell said “I must’ve been channeling that feeling, that late-’70s feeling” when he helped create “Blurred Lines;” unfortunately, there’s video of Thicke actually saying that he specifically asked Thicke to write a song with the vibe of “Got To Give It Up,” which seems to contradict their claim that they were simply “inspired” by the song. You do have to wonder what this will do to songwriters who now need to be super cautious about where they get their ideas. Musicians have been “borrowing inspiration” from their predecessors for as long as there’s been music; now it’s a little trickier when you’re always in danger of a lawsuit.

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John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.