A cloud hangs over the music industry four years after the copyright trial of No. 1 song where writers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, were ordered to pay more than $5 million for copying Marvin Gaye’s disco-era hit “Got to Give It Up.”
to intellectualproperty lawyers and musicexecutives interviewed for this article, what has happened since the Robin Thicke case?
- How far back in time do copyright disputes go in U.S. music?
- How are songwriters arming themselves against the risk of copyright infringement?
- How is
a copyrighttypically accounted for on the books of a company?
Sisario, B. (2019). ‘Blurred Lines’ on Their Minds, Songwriters Create Nervously. New York Times, March 31 (Retrievable online at