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Robin Thicke's 'Blurred lines' ripped from Marvin Gaye, jury finds

Posted at 6:50 PM, Mar 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-11 17:44:52-04

The line between plagiarism and inspiration is now a little less blurry.

Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” ripped off 1977’s “Got to Give It Up” by Motown singer Marvin Gaye, a federal jury in Los Angeles found Tuesday.

The high profile plagiarism case awarded Gaye’s children a total $7.4 million in damages and profits, to be paid by Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams. Gaye’s family sought $25 million.

The record label and rapper T.I. were not found liable, according to the LA Times.

Was it inspiration or plagiarism? Compare the two songs below:

Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk.