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Pharrell Is Still Pretty Pissed Off About The “Blurred Lines” Ruling

“This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.”

March 19, 2015

Not exactly shocking: Pharrell is still pretty pissed off about the "Blurred Lines" ruling. "The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else," he told Financial Times (via Vulture). This applies to fashion, music, design ... anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired we're going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas."

Naturally, he's still maintaining that he and Robin Thicke did not rip off Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," as the verdict suggested: "There was no infringement. You can't own feelings and you can't own emotions ... [In music] there are only the notations and the progression. Those were different." He did not say whether he and Thicke plan to appeal the verdict, but safe to say this is far from over.

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Pharrell Is Still Pretty Pissed Off About The “Blurred Lines” Ruling