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More than 200 artists, authors and producers have declared in a court submission that if the verdict in the Blurred Lines case was to stand, creativity will be stifled and authors will face being punished for creating new music that is inspired by prior works.


  • The next round of the most high-profile song plagiarism case in recent times is now underway. Authors and performers Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and Clifford Harris Jr., who were found guilty by a jury at a California court of copying the Marvin Gaye track Got To Give It Up in the creation of the top-selling track Blurred Lines, have begun their appeal.

Features and Benefits

  • Details a court brief submitted by artists and producers in support of the authors of the hit song Blurred Lines.
  • Explains why a verdict against the authors would stifle creativity and punish authors for creating new music that is inspired by prior works.

Key questions answered

  • Why have so many authors come out in favor of the authors of the hit song Blurred Lines?
  • What are the authors' and producers' main arguments for a reversal of the 2015 plagiarism ruling against the Blurred Lines authors?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Blurred Lines appeal process gets underway
  • Artists voice their concerns
  • Inspiration, not plagiarism


  • Author

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