Billboard Quotes Jacobs on "Blurred Lines" Verdict

"Blurred Lines" Verdict: Music Lawyers Weigh In
– Billboard

Billboard interviewed Manatt's Robert Jacobs, co-chair of the firm's Entertainment and Media Litigation practice, for an article on the ripple that the "Blurred Lines" verdict has sent throughout the music industry, as artists consider the ramifications of the judgment.

Billboard reports that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' hit was found to have improperly drawn from Marvin Gaye's 1977 song "Got to Give It Up." Penalties include $7.4 million for infringement and a cut of the track's profits.

Jacobs said, "Yes, the $7.3 million verdict delivered in the 'Blurred Lines' case is massive. But will it really affect how songwriters and producers practice their craft or how labels and publishers decide what they will release? If history is any lesson, the answer is probably not."

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