Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke are calling for a new trial, arguing in a submission that a March 10 jury’s verdict finding of copyright infringement case against their song “Blurred Lines” are unsupported by evidence and contrary to law. The pop stars further allege that evidentiary and legal errors in jury instructions by the judge were “prejudicial and prevented counter-defendants from receiving a fair trial.”
My News LA dot com reportes that the court filing also makes the claim that an “unfounded, illogical” verdict, delivered by a “confused and misled” jury, found liability against Thicke and Williams, but exonerated the record company parties that distributed “Blurred Lines”, as well as a co-writer and co-performer on the song, Clifford “T.I.” Harris Jr.
Following the March 10th verdict, which awarded the Marvin Gaye heirs $7.4 million, the family’s attorneys filed papers seeking to halt future sales of “Blurred Lines” until a royalties agreement could be reached giving the late singer a co-writing credit.
Estate attorney Richard Busch said that an injunction is justified because continued profits from “Blurred Lines” are “ill-gotten gains” and the “cost of years of repeated litigation would be a heavy burden on the Gayes.”
Source — MyNewsLA, Entertainment Law Digest.