Robin Thicke's dad is still with him

Brenda Watkins
December 15, 2018

For being "heavily inspired" by Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up", Thicke and Williams will be sharing future recording and publishing royalties with the family.

The long-running lawsuit involving Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams reached the final post this week when a Californian federal judge decided that the two performers had to pay close to $5 million in damages to the Marvin Gaye family.

The legal teams for Thicke and Williams launched various legal challenges against the verdict over the years, but on Monday the case was settled once and for all, and a California federal judge issued a judgment for nearly $5 million against the duo. Furthermore, the judge chose to reduce it to $5.3 million.

Thicke and Williams are required to pay Gaye's family $2.8m in damages jointly, with Thicke on the hook for a further $1.3m on his own.

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A day earlier, Williams acknowledged the singles had a similar "feel", and his lawyer said conflating that as copyright infringement would hold grave consequences for the music industry.

In addition, Billboard has stated that the 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' creator's family is also entitled to half of the profits that the tune brings in regarding publishing and songwriting revenue.

As the BBC reported, the appeals court was also split. However, there was one dissenting judge in the appeals court who shared the concerns expressed by many in the songwriting community.

Charles Colman, founder of Charles Colman Law and a musician himself, said the similarities highlighted are only superficial or similar because they include elements common to the general genre in question.

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