March 2015

The Marvin Gaye Case Fallout Continues

Following the verdict that sides with the family of Marvin Gaye, his children have written an open letter. Frankie, Nona, and Marvin Gaye III released a joint letter stating they wanted to “set the record straight on a few misconceptions echoing through some news and social media platforms about our intentions, our plans, and the so-called ‘larger’ ramifications of this case within the music industry.”

The Gaye family also wants to punish T.I., Universal Music, Interscope Records, and Star Trak Entertainment. They explain “contends that there’s no separating out those who, ‘by virtue of their participation in the creation, manufacture and distribution” of the Williams/Thicke song, infringed the Gaye song, too. In its latest motion, the Gaye family quotes a statement by U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt that appears in agreement with this reasoning: “If the jury finds there’s infringement and if Universal distributed the recording, then according to what I heard [a lawyer for team Williams] say, they would be liable.'”

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Pharrell has finally opened up about the verdict. “The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,” Williams told The Financial Times. “This applies to fashion, music, design… anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.”

Read the rest of Pharrell’s thoughts.