A federal judge has rejected a request by Robin Thicke and Robin Thicke for a new trial after last March’s jury verdict in which that found that they were liable for copyright infringement because their song “Blurred Lines” copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.”
But U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt, in a decision issued on Tuesday, reduced parts of the jury’s award to a total of about $5.3 million, from $7.3 million. He reduced the award of actual damages to the Gaye family to $3.2 million, from $4 million, and the award of profits from Williams to $357,631, from $1.6 million. He denied the Gaye family’s request for an injunction, but set their royalty rate at 50% of songwriter and publishing revenues.
Kronstadt also found that Interscope Records, UMG Recordings Star Trak Entertainment and Clifford Harris were liable along with Thicke and Williams.
Kronstadt rejected a motion for a new trial because he found that attorneys for Thicke and others had not shown “any evidentiary or instructional error” to warrant one.
Gaye’s family had argued that the 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines” copied their father’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up” and sued Thicke, Williams and Harris, whom all contested the infringement.
Nominated for record of the year at the 2013 Grammys, “Blurred Lines” was No. 1 on the Billboard single charts for 10 consecutive weeks. Since it was released, “Blurred Lines” has earned nearly $16.5 million in profits according to court documents, with Williams and Thicke raking in over $5 million each.
Gaye died in 1984.