The "Blurred Lines" trial brought a blurred verdict — but the damages were very clearly in favor of the Marvin Gaye family, to the distinctive tune of $7.4 million.
A federal jury on Tuesday found that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams lifted "Blurred Lines" from Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up," but conceded that they didn't necessarily do it on purpose. On the question of whether they committed "willful" infringement, the jury voted "no"; but asked whether they were "innocent" of it, they also voted "no."
No matter — though not even the winning lawyer could adequately explain that result, the cash, which is broken down by $4 million in damages, plus $1.6 million in profits from Williams and $1.7 million from Thicke, will go to Gaye’s children Nona, Frankie and Marvin III, pending a possible appeal.
The Gaye family's attorney, Richard Busch, also said he would seek an injunction against "Blurred Lines" (arguably the song of 2013 along with Williams' other hit, Daft Punk's "Get Lucky"), either to have it removed from rotation or to assert some kind of claim on future profits.