United States Ninth Circuit

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Williams v. Gaye, 15-56880

Affirmed a judgment of copyright infringement. In an amended opinion, the Ninth Circuit largely affirmed the decision after a jury trial that musician Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and Clifford Harris Jr.'s song Blurred Lines, the world's best-selling single in 2013, infringed the copyright in a 1977 Marvin Gaye song, Got To Give It Up. The panel also held that the award of actual damages and infringers' profits and its running royalty were proper.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2018/07/11


  • Smith


  • United States Ninth Circuit


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