The appeal filed by lawyers for Robin Thicke and Pharrell to overturn the verdict in the “Blurred Lines” trial has garnered a huge amount of support among their peers, with more than 200 artists and musicians backing the appeal.
As The Hollywood Reporter reports, 212 artists and musicians have signed an amicus brief supporting the appeal over concerns that such a game-changing verdict would impinge on their own creativity after Pharrell and Thicke were ordered to pay $7.4 million to the family of Marvin Gaye when the judge in the case determined they had plagiarized Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” in creating their hit single “Blurred Lines”.
Famous names on the amicus brief include John Oates of Hall & Oates, Jennifer Hudson, Jean Baptiste, Hans Zimmer, R. Kelly, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, members of Train, Linkin Park, The Black Crowes, Earth Wind and Fire, and the Tears for Fears duo.
“[We] are concerned about the potential adverse impact on their own creativity, on the creativity of future artists, and on the music industry in general, if the judgment in this case is allowed to stand,” declares the brief. “The verdict in this case threatens to punish songwriters for creating new music that is inspired by prior works.”
The brief also cites some examples, contending that had a similar verdict been rendered in the past the world would have lost out on some amazing music: “Such a result, if allowed to stand, is very dangerous to the music community, is certain to stifle future creativity, and ultimately does a disservice to past songwriters as well,” adds the brief. “One can only imagine what our music would have sounded like if David Bowie would have been afraid to draw from Shirley Bassie, or if the Beatles would have been afraid to draw from Chuck Berry, or if Elton John would have been afraid to draw from the Beatles, or if Elvis Presley would have been afraid to draw from his many influences.”
You can read the brief in its entirety right here.