Marvin Gaye's Family Awarded $7.3 Million in 'Blurred Lines' Case

Jury strikes a chord and sends a message to the music industry.
1:54 | 03/11/15

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Transcript for Marvin Gaye's Family Awarded $7.3 Million in 'Blurred Lines' Case
And now to that breaking headline late today. A verdict tonight in the "Blurs lines" case. A jury deciding the case in favor of Marvin Gaye's children and awarding them $7.3 million, saying robin Thicke and pharrell borrowed from that song. The stakes in this landmark case could be even higher and here tonight, ABC's linsey Davis. Reporter: In the case of the smash hit, "Blurred lines," the lines blurred no more. I'm so filled with emotion right now that it's hard to get the words out. But this was a miracle. Reporter: This afternoon, a jury ruling against pharrell Williams and robin Thicke, finding they copied a Marvin Gaye classic. See if you hear any similarities. First "Blurred lines" then G Gaye's "Got to give it up." ? Hey hey hey ? ? Reporter: On the stand, singer robin Thicke, seen here outside the California court, reiterated his love for Marvin Gaye. One of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye's "Got to give it up." And so we tried, you know, to get a little groove like that going. Reporter: Jurors heard Gaye's song played off sheet music to compare the beat, and apparently it struck a chord. They are awarding Gaye's family a portion of "Blurred lines," nearly $17 million profit. Legal analysts say this sounds a loud message to the music industry. I think this is going to lead any musician who's been inspired by another song to think twice, because this is a big legal ruling. All right, linsey is with us now. What's next here? Reporter: The attorney for the Gaye family says the family now has the right to ask the court to prohibit future sales of "Blurred lines." A spokesperson for pharrell says this set as horrible precedent for music and he and Thicke are weighing their options. Linsey Davis, thank you. There is still much more

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