Pharrell speaks out after 'Blurred Lines' verdict, Gaye family pens open letter

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Pharrell Williams is speaking out for the first time since a federal court ruled that he and Robin Thicke owe Marvin Gaye's estate over $7 million for infringing the copyright of Gaye's song "Got to Give It Up" with the similarities in their hit single "Blurred Lines."

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"The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else," Williams told the Financial Times. "This applies to fashion, music, design . . . anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired we're going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas."

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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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"Blurred Lines" was one of the biggest hits of the summer of 2013, generating nearly $17 million in profits, according to court documents. The federal verdict seems to set a legal precedent for copyright infringement, as the songs have different chords and note progression, despite having a similar "feel."

"There was no infringement," Williams protested. "You can't own feelings and you can't own emotions...[in music] there are only the notations and the progression. Those were different."

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The Gaye family also penned an open letter in the wake of the verdict, thanking fans for their support during the trial.

"We want to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude for the outpouring of love and support we have received from all of our father's fans and friends, as well as artists and industry folks who contacted us surrounding the recent events concerning his song, 'Got to Give It Up,'" reads the statement. "Your kindness and encouragement gave us incredible strength and perseverance. We are so incredibly grateful for your support as well as the hard work and dedication of our amazing legal team and experts. We thank you all."

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The family also dismissed rumors that they were contemplating further claims against Williams for his hit single "Happy."

"This is 100% false," the family said. "We have absolutely no claim whatsoever concerning 'Happy.'"

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