Everybody Does It, So It’s Okay

Submitted by General Patent on Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:59

That is essentially the defense that singer Robin Thicke and his producer, Pharrell Williams, has put forth in a California federal trial in which they are charged with copyright infringement by the estate of Marvin Gaye. The Gaye estate claims that Thicke and Williams’s hit song “Blurred Lines” infringe on copyrighted material. 

Talk about “blurred lines.” Thicke and Williams defense is that the specific lines of music referenced in the lawsuit have been used by numerous artists over the years. The judge rejected a request by Thicke and Williams for a Summary Judgment, and the case will go to trial.

We know serving on a jury is your civic duty, but in this case...