March 23, 2018 Practice Points

Ninth Circuit Upholds "Blurred Lines" Verdict

The Ninth Circuit held that the song “Blurred Lines” by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and Clifford Harris, Jr. infringed on the copyright of Martin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” 

By Sanford Hausler

On March 21, 2018, the Ninth Circuit held that the song “Blurred Lines” by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and Clifford Harris, Jr. infringed on the copyright of Martin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”  The decision was written by Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. with whom Judge Mary H. Murgia joined. Judge Nguyen dissented.


Sanford Hausler is of counsel with Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy LLP in New York, New York.


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