Marvin Gaye’s estate is arguing that Pharrell Williams perjured himself during his conversation with Rick Rubin for GQ last month. Pharrell told Rubin that “there was a shared ‘feeling’ between his track and Gaye’s,” that he “reverse engineers” songs that he likes, and that he specifically “did that in ‘Blurred Lines’ and got myself in trouble.”
Gaye’s estate holds that this statement directly contradicts the testimony he gave as part of deposition during the “Blurred Lines” case. Under oath, Pharrel told the court “I did not go in the studio with the intention of making anything feel like, or to sound like, Marvin Gaye.”
In 2015 Williams, Robin Thicke and a song publisher were made to pay almost $5 million for infringing the copyright to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, in light of Williams’ comments, the estate has filed a motion to revisit the decision. Read the full motion here.
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