Pharrell on 'Blurred Lines' Verdict: 'There Was No Copyright Infringement'
"I feel like the verdict was based on emotion and not the real true issue, which was copyright infringement,' the singer told Access Hollywood
“It was shocking,” Williams told Access Hollywood, of the verdict, which awarded the Marvin Gaye estate $7.3 million for copyright infringement.
But the singer, 41, added, “I think, when you look back at it, I think the jury voted on emotion.”
“This is my opinion – I feel like the verdict was based on emotion and not the real true issue, which was copyright infringement,” Williams said, adding bluntly, “There’s no copyright infringement.”
He continued, “If that verdict stands, people can’t be inspired by anything, companies can’t be inspired by anything, or else they’re liable for suit.”
And the artist is determined not to let the ruling blur the lines between inspiration and copyright infringement.
“This case was about copyright infringement and three out of 22 notes does not denote copyright infringement,” Williams told Access Hollywood.
“It’s the law and so we believe that the law will be upheld, so we’re not worried,” he added, referring to a possible retrial.