Blurred Lines case settled. The damage? $5m

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Yesterday's judgement confirmed the decision of a California court to uphold the verdict this March. Additionally, he ordered Thicke to pay $1,768,191 and Williams and his publishing company another $357,631 to the Gaye family, bringing the grand total to $4,983,766.

Blurred Lines reached No 1 in the United States and United Kingdom in 2013, becoming Thicke's biggest hit to date, eventually generating a total of $16.6m in revenue (with Thicke and Williams earning $5m each).

Thicke and Williams have yet to respond to the settlement, but after the original verdict was made in 2015, a representative for the Happy hitmaker told Billboard, "While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a frightful precedent for music and creativity going forward".

In addition to the damages, Gaye's family will receive 50% of all future royalties earned by Blurred Lines. The Gaye family proceeded to hit Thicke and Williams with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, though they denied drawing any inspiration.

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The five-year legal battle has been watched closely by the music industry, where copyright cases have multiplied in recent years.

Many in the music industry were alarmed by the initial verdict, as it was exclusively based on the "feel" of Gaye's original, rather than its melody or lyrics.

The appeal court was also split on this issue, and one of the three judges dissented from the ruling when it was delivered earlier this year. The two songs "differed in melody, harmony and rhythm", stated circuit judge Jacqueline Nguyen, further asserting that the verdict "strikes a devastating blow to future musicians and composers everywhere".

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