Regrettable denouement in the “Blurred Lines” dispute

¶ On July 11, 2018 the Ninth Circuit declined the petition of Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke for a rehearing before the entire Court, of their appeal to overturn the District Court’s judgment upholding a jury verdict finding them liable for copyright infringement in the “Blurred Lines” dispute. Thicke, et al. did not pursue this appeal further, realizing the extravagancy of Supreme Court review of this ill-obtained outcome. This dispute has generated opprobrium both for its potential chilling effect on creators and performers of popular music, and for its evidence of abuse of the jury system by litigants and their contingency-fee attorneys in shakedowns of successful popular musicians. Documentation for this case: Pharrell Williams v. Bridgeport Music.

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