(FOX 11/CNS) Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were inspired by -- but did not plagiarize -- Marvin Gaye's recordings while creating the megahit "Blurred Lines," an attorney for the musicians told a Los Angeles jury today, but a lawyer for Gaye's children said the pop stars clearly copied from the Motown legend.
From Olga Ospina:
The Blurred Lines copyright lawsuit continued in a federal courtroom Wednesday in Downtown Los Angeles, pitting Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams against Marvin Gaye's family. The R&B legend's family claims the 2013 mega hit "Blurred Lines" copied key elements from Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to give it up".
First on the witness stand was Gaye's former wife Janis, the mother of his children, who own the rights to the composition of Got to give it up. Janis testified that when she first heard "Blurred Lines" she was excited about it and thought it breathed new life into her former husband's song. She later learned the song had not been licensed, the family then hired an attorney.
Robin Thicke was next to testify, he denied copying any portion of Gaye's "Got to give it up" to create "Blurred Lines". He danced in his seat to the groove of his song playing in the courtroom, and at one point he sang and played on an organ, performing a mashup of very different songs, including Michael jackson's Man in the Mirror, and U2's With or Without You, in an effort to show that despite their differences, they can have a similar melody.
The singer also testified that despite the huge success of "Blurred Lines", he did not make any money from the tour. Major expenses including travel, salaries for a crew of more than 20 people and concert production costs exceeded income. He says he incurred those costs to put on a big production and further his career. Pharell Williams, credited with writing "Blurred Lines" was in court as well, but attorneys for the Gaye family chose to show his deposition video in which he is asked about the song composition. To questions by the attorney to talk about musical notes, Pharrell answers over and over "I'm not comfortable".
A music expert was the last to take the stand on Wednesday, and she went into detail regarding the similarities between the Thicke / Williams song and Gaye's 1970's hit.
The Gaye family also alleges Thicke's "Love After War Song" is a copy of Marvin Gaye's "After the Dance".
The federal trial resumes Thursday, it's expected to last 2 weeks.