Pharrell Williams Speaks Out Over Blurred Lines Lawsuit
The music mogul has broken his silence over the recent controversy, expressing his worry that it will damage future creativity...
Pharrell Williams has finally opened up about the recent Blurred Lines trial, which saw him and Robin Thicke being sued for $7.3 million by the Marvin Gaye estate.
The Happy singer lost in court over similarities of the hit song and one of Gaye's, 'based on inspiration and not replication'.
"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."
Adding: "This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas."
"Everything that's around you in a room was inspired by something or someone," he said. "If you kill that, there's no creativity."
Earlier this week the Gaye family filed an injunction to prevent the sales of Blurred Lines until an agreement is reached, so the drama looks set to be far from over.