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R. Kelly and the 'Blurred Lines' appeal

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    More than 200 musicians are backing Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and TI in their legal fight over the hit song Blurred Lines.

    Lawyers for the trio have appealed against a copyright infringement ruling last year, which saw them ordered to pay Marvin Gaye's descendants 5.6m ($7.4m) - later reduced to 4m ($5.3m).

    The soul legend's children had sued, claiming the biggest song of 2013 copied Gaye's 1977 hit Got To Give It Up.

    Now 212 musicians, including composer Hans Zimmer, R Kelly, and members of Linkin Park, The Black Crowes and Three 6 Mafia have filed a brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals expressing concern about the ruling.

    The musicians say the ruling could have "adverse impact on their own creativity, on the creativity of future artists, and on the music industry in general".

    The group - which also includes members of Weezer, Tears For Fears and Fall Out Boy - goes on to say that the two songs "do not have similar melodies; (they) do not even share a single melodic phrase" and contends that the similarity is about "feel" and "groove".

    The brief also notes that Marvin Gaye was heavily influenced by artists including Frank Sinatra, Smokey Robinson, Nat 'King' Cole and James Brown.

    Thicke and Williams' appeal contends that the judge presiding over a week-long trial last year gave jurors a number of improper instructions.

    They say judge John Kronstadt misread the law by allowing comparisons of recordings of the two songs, rather than just the sheet music.


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    the right decision was made in that case and pharell and thicke were over matched in court by the chords
    and accuracy on pitch and tone which they had no answers for. its on line for all to see

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    ^Right. This case was cut and dry IMO. Now, I see why artists may think this case sets precedent in creating music with the "feel" of previously recorded songs, but this case was definitely straight forward. We know how Rob is inspired by other artists so I kind of see his concern but I don't think he has anything to worry about.

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    ^Undoubtedly, however regarding Rob I very much doubt he actively said he wanted to be involved with this. It seems much more like a record company/lawyer situation, where they are making a statement on Rob's (and the other artists) behalf. As well as that, it definitely isn't in support of Messrs Thicke and Williams (media spin nonsense).
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    Rob has so songs in the vein of Marvin Gaye,Stevie Wonder,Michael Jackson, Frankie Beverly and Maze,etc.. however nothing where you felt a direct jack per se. thicke's problem is that he only had one prior major hit with "without you" and Blurred lines" was a left turn for his style as artist. bottom line he ain't a hit making machine and this cut seemed out of his teritory or him. pharell being seen as more of a Hip Hop Producer and known for jacking tracks and beats. truth is in addition to Marvin Gaye, the start of blurred lines jacks the start of michael jackson's don't stop till you get enough with his opening vocal riff. now tracks can be inspired from others as MJ's Don't stop till you get enough" was inspired from Marvin gaye's got to give it up and yet it was a different groove and arrangements.

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