by Daniel Kreps For the first time since being hit with a $7.3 million verdict in the “Blurred Lines” trial, Pharrell Williams has opened up about his thoughts regarding the court’s decision to award the Marvin Gaye estate for similarities based on inspiration and not replication. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.” 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit: 5 Major Implications "Everything that’s around you in a room was inspired by something or someone," Williams added. "If you kill that, there’s no creativity." In The Financial Times' story, which looks at the impact of the “Blurred Lines” on the entertainment industry as a whole, producer Harvey Weinstein argues that, in today's climate, Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein – two artists directly inspired by pop culture – would not be able to create without fear of legal ramifications. Following the verdict, an attorney for Pharrell and Robin Thicke told Rolling Stone, “They’re firm, rock solid, in the conclusion that they wrote this song independently from the heart and soul with no input from anyone, Marvin Gaye or anyone else.
Would this case have ever gone to trial if Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams hadn’t been candid in pre-lawsuit interviews about their desire to do a sexy R&B party song in the style of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”?