Pharrell Williams has spoken out for the first time since the verdict in the “Blurred Lines” trial with Marvin Gaye’s family. Pharrell says that the ruling greatly affects the creativity of artists.
“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,” Williams said while speaking with 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. 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. If you kill that, there’s no creativity.”
Following the court’s verdict, Howard King, the attorney who represented Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in the “Blurred Lines” case says he will be appealing the verdict.