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Memphis musician reacts to Thicke, Williams copyright case ruling

A Los Angeles District Court ruled that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke owe $7.3 million for copying a Marvin Gaye song. (Photo Source: YouTube) A Los Angeles District Court ruled that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke owe $7.3 million for copying a Marvin Gaye song. (Photo Source: YouTube)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A jury said Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke owe singer Marvin Gaye's family $7.3 million for copying a hit song.

A Los Angeles district court ruled that Williams and Thicke copied Gaye's song "Got to Give it Up" in their hit "Blurred Lines."

Memphis musician Jack Ashford toured with Marvin Gaye and performed on the "Got to Give it Up" record.

Ashford, a legendary Motown Records Funk Brother also known as "The Tambourine Man," says he knows what Marvin Gaye would think about the large sum awarded to him after the verdict.

"What he would say about all this, 'Give me the money,'" said Ashford.

The jury did decide the similarities between the songs were not willful.

"It comes down to a very thin line of it could go either way," said Ashford.

Ashford, a songwriter himself, admitted that it's easy to be influenced by other people's material.

Thicke and Williams argued that they borrowed from the feel of Gaye's smash hit, but did not borrow the actual song.

Ashford says that "Got to Give it Up" had a certain groove that made people want to dance.

"The person who was influenced, they're going to take that part that's going to be commercial value, makes people want to dance," Ashford commented.

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