The “Blurred Lines” lawsuit is still playing out in court after a copyright dispute between the family of deceased R&B singer Marvin Gaye and singer-songwriters Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I.
Gaye’s children Nona, Frankie and Marvin III contend that the 2013 chart-topping track and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” are so similar that the family is owed a large percentage of the song’s earnings.
According The Wrap, before the Gaye parties wrapped up their case Tuesday morning, they called several other witnesses to the stand.
Accountant Gary Cohen, who specializes in music royalty matters, testified briefly saying that if the court determined that the Gayes owned a 50-percent stake in “Blurred Lines,” they would be entitled to both “mechanical royalties,” which are paid to a publisher for record sales, and to “performance rights,” money earned when a song is performed live.
Court documents also revealed that “Blurred Lines” has earned $16,675,690 so far, with Thicke and Williams both earning over $5 million each, while T.I. earned over $700,000 and Interscope Records, Universal Music Group and Star Trak (Pharrell Williams‘ label) split the remainder.
Pharrell Williams and T.I. are set to take the witness stand later today.
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