Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke are asking the 9th Circuit to give its "Blurred Lines" appeal another listen, after the court in March upheld a jury verdict that found the artists infringed on Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up."
The controversial verdict has been a hot-button issue in the music industry, as songwriters, artists and other industry stakeholders chose sides in the legal battle. On Wednesday, attorneys for the duo filed a petition for rehearing en banc, arguing that this case conflicts with the court's prior copyright decisions and presents exceptionally important issues.
Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke perform onstage during the 56th annual Grammy Awards Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on Jan. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Attorney Kathleen Sullivan argues that the majority decision conflicts with precedent that holds courts must "filter out" protectable elements from unprotectable ones in deciding whether a work is entitled to thin or broad copyright protection. Thin protection requires works to be "virtually identical" to establish infringement, while broad protection requires only that they be "substantially similar."
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