Robin Thicke is back in the news because more than 200 artists have expressed their support for the appeal process associated with the copyright infringement ruling related to his 2013 smash “Blurred Lines” verdict, which ordered the hit makers to pay millions to Marvin Gaye’s estate.
The diverse, genre crossing list of musicians filed an amicus with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Thicke, producer Pharrell Williams, and featured rapper T.I. to overturn the $5.3 million ruling.
“The verdict in this case threatens to punish songwriters for creating new music that is inspired by prior works,” states the brief, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “All music shares inspiration from prior musical works, especially within a particular musical genre. By eliminating any meaningful standard for drawing the line between permissible inspiration and unlawful copying, the judgment is certain to stifle creativity and impede the creative process.”
This list of 212 artists that support the appeal includes big names of varying genres like Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, composer Hans Zimmer, R. Kelly, members of bands like Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, Tool, Tears for Fears, Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, John Oates, Earth, Wind & Fire, Train and more.
We are extremely interested in how this works out.