Trial over hit song 'Blurred Lines' drawing to a close

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: (L-R) Recording artists Pharrell Williams, T.I., and Robin Thicke perform onstage during the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2004 file photo, actress Nona Gaye, daughter of singer Marvin Gaye, sings the National Anthem during the 2004 NBA All-Star at Staples Center, in Los Angeles. A jury says singers Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied a Marvin Gaye song to create "Blurred Lines" and awarded more than $7 million to Gaye's family. The eight-person panel reached the decision Tuesday, March 10, 2015, after hearing nearly a week of testimony about similarities between "Blurred Lines" — the biggest hit of 2013 — and Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up." (AP Photo/ Kevork Djansezian, File)
After winning a major victory in court over the song "Blurred Lines," Marvin Gaye's family sat down with ET's Nischelle Turner to talk about what the court decision means to them.
FILE - In this Jan. 17, 1983 file photo, singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye, winner of Favorite Soul/R&B Single, "Sexual Healing," attends the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Grammy-winning singer Pharrell Williams told a jury in federal court in Los Angeles that he grew up listening to Gaye's music. But the singer-producer said he didn't try to copy it directly for his collaboration with Thicke and T.I. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" improperly copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." Singer Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac, File)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Musician Robin Thicke is seen outside the Roybal Federal Building on March 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Thicke and co-writers of the song 'Blurred Lines' are being sued by the children of singer Marvin Gaye for using elements of Gaye's song 'Got to Give it Up' in 'Blurred Lines.' (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
Pharrell Williams leaves Los Angeles Federal Court after testifying at trial in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Grammy-winning singer Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for the hit song "Blurred Lines," but he was trying to evoke the feeling of late 1970s tunes. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" improperly copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." Singer Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Robin Thicke leaves Los Angeles Federal Court in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Grammy-winning singer Pharrell Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for the hit song "Blurred Lines," but he was trying to evoke the feeling of late 1970s tunes. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" improperly copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." The singer Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Musician Pharrell Williams is seen outside the Roybal Federal Building on March 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Williams and co-writers of the song 'Blurred Lines' are being sued by the children of singer Marvin Gaye for using elements of Gaye's song 'Got to Give it Up' in 'Blurred Lines.' (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
Pharrell Williams and an unidentified woman leave Los Angeles Federal Court after testifying at trial in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Grammy-winning singer Pharrell Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for the hit song "Blurred Lines," but he was trying to evoke the feeling of late 1970s tunes. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" improperly copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." Singer Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Pharrell Williams and an unidentified woman leave Los Angeles Federal Court after testifying at trial in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Grammy-winning singer Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for the hit song "Blurred Lines," but he was trying to evoke the feeling of late 1970s tunes. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" improperly copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." Singer Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Musician Pharrell Williams is seen outside the Roybal Federal Building on March 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Williams and co-writers of the song 'Blurred Lines' are being sued by the children of singer Marvin Gaye for using elements of Gaye's song 'Got to Give it Up' in 'Blurred Lines.' (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Musician Robin Thicke is seen outside the Roybal Federal Building on March 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Thicke and co-writers of the song 'Blurred Lines' are being sued by the children of singer Marvin Gaye for using elements of Gaye's song 'Got to Give it Up' in 'Blurred Lines.' (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
Robin Thicke, left, and Miley Cyrus perform "Blurred Lines" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Robin Thicke accepts the award for top R&B song for "Blurred Lines" at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
FILE - Musician Robin Thicke performs before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers, in this April 5, 2014 file photo taken in Los Angeles. Thicke's attorney says the estate of Marvin Gaye exploited the singer's "moment of personal vulnerability" in an attempt to prove that the hit "Blurred Lines" was a ripoff of a Gaye hit. April depositions by Thicke and Pharrell Williams in the case were unsealed Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 revealing a different story than the one the two men were giving the public during interviews last year about the song. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 25: Recording artists Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. perform onstage during the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 25: Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and T.I. perform onstage during the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: (L-R) Recording artists Pharrell, T. I., and Robin Thicke perform onstage during the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for BET)
Pharrell Williams, left, and Robin Thicke perform onstage at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Marvin Gaye was part of the soundtrack of Pharrell Williams' life growing up, and the Grammy-winning singer-producer told a jury that he did not borrow from his idol's work to craft the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines."

Williams' testimony about how he wrote the song could be crucial to a federal jury that will soon decide whether "Blurred Lines" improperly copied from Gaye's 1977 hit, "Got to Give It Up."

Testimony in the case will conclude on Thursday after jurors hear from rapper T.I., who was added to the song after Williams and singer Robin Thicke recorded it in one night in mid-2012.

Williams wrote the music and almost all the lyrics, even though Thicke and T.I. share songwriting credits, testified that he can see how people draw similarities between "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's music, but that wasn't his intention during the creative process.

"He's one of the ones we look up to," Williams, 41, said Wednesday. "This is the last place I want to be."

Williams said the last thing he would ever do is "take something of someone else's when you love him."

The inspiration for elements of "Blurred Lines," which was the biggest hit of 2013, came from phrases Williams said he heard growing up and the upbeat sound of the disco era in the 1970s.

Williams spent more than an hour describing to a packed courtroom his musical process and he how he crafted "Blurred Lines" in between working on tracks with Miley Cyrus and rapper Earl Sweatshirt. Thicke arrived after the music and lyrics had been written, Williams recalled. He quickly brought the singer up to speed and they began recording.

"We were bopping and dancing," Williams recalled. "It was a cool night."

His answers were sometimes too lengthy for U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt, who cut off Williams several times mid-sentence and didn't allow him to elaborate on some of his answers.

"Blurred Lines" has earned more than $16 million in profits and more than $5 million apiece for Thicke and Williams, according to testimony offered earlier in the trial.

Williams said after the song was released, he saw similarities between "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's work but said that wasn't a conscious part of his creative process.

Richard S. Busch, who represents the Gaye family, asked Williams whether he felt "Blurred Lines" captured the feel of the era in which Gaye recorded.

"Feel," Williams responded. "Not infringed."

The case opened last week and featured testimony from Thicke, who told jurors that he took a songwriting credit on "Blurred Lines" despite Pharrell doing most of the work.

Thicke brought a bit of showmanship to a trial that has focused on minute details of chords and sheet music. He performed elements of "Blurred Lines" and hits by U2 and The Beatles to show how different songs can include similar-sounding musical elements.

Williams did not perform any music during his more than hour of testimony, and complained that audio comparisons of "Blurred Lines" and "Got to Give It Up" had been created in a way that made them sound similar.

Despite the lack of vocals on the tracks, Thicke bobbed his head while his hit was played.

The trial has included detailed analysis of snippets of chords and notes from both songs, all created in the same key. Jurors have heard "Blurred Lines" and lawyers for Gaye's family wanted the panel to hear "Got to Give It Up," but Kronstadt has limited how the song can be presented in court. Rulings state Gaye's song can only be played as it appears in a sheet music submitted to get the song copyright protection.

Williams' career as an artist-producer has been booming in recent years, with the singer performing his hit "Happy" at the 2014 Oscars just weeks after winning three Grammy Awards for his work with Daft Punk.

He also serves as a judge on the NBC competition show "The Voice."

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