Although Pharrell and Robin Thicke released “Blurred Lines” in 2013, the song is still making headlines in the news because of the high profile lawsuit between the two artists and the Marvin Gaye estate.
Pharrell and Thicke were ordered to pay $7.4 million in damages for copyright infringement of Gaye’s 1977 hit single, “Got to Give It Up.” And when the two requested a retrial, they weren’t only denied but the estate named featured guest rapper T.I., as well as the labels UMG Records, Interscope and Star Trak Entertainment liable for their actions.
And now there’s this — three deposition videos from the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit. The videos, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, show a collected but visibly uncomfortable Pharrell answering questions (kind of) from a lawyer. Many of the questions relate to Pharrell being able to read music, as well as quotes he’s given to certain publications in regards to the comparisons between “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give It Up.”
At one point Pharrell even says “I’m not here to teach you music,” so now we kind of understand what the estate’s lawyer meant by Pharrell and Thicke being “bullies.” The two plan to appeal the ruling in the original case, but until then you can see just how intense things have gotten here, here and here.