HOLLYWOOD—Forgery is more or less the white collar crime of signing another person’s name to a document or check. Forgery is considered a serious offense subject to state and sometimes federal laws and penalties.
More or less on the same level as cheating the IRS, for tax fraud. Then we have copyright laws that govern the reproduction of original creative works, which include literature, art, poetry and music. Copyright holders have the right to seek damages against those who violate their rights in the form of a civil lawsuit. The lawsuits are served against distributors of copyright content or people that have produced copies or have profited from reproductions. Those found guilty of infringement may be fined damages as well as fined for legal fees.
An eight-person panel reached the decision on March 10, after nearly a week of testimony about the similarities between the Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke song “Blurred Lines,” and Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” The Los Angeles jury ruled that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Gaye’s song and ordered the pair to pay $7.3 million.
Gaye who died in April 1984, left his children the copyright to his music. His children sued Thicke and Williams, saying their song infringed the copyright of their father’s song, which the pair denied. The two singers have spent the last two years battling accusations that the song ripped off the legendary song. While Thicke tried convincing jurors and played numerous songs on the piano to show that lots of songs have similarities, the jury was not convinced. According to Rolling Stone magazine, the family hit a slight road block in that they only held the copyright to the sheet music for the song, but a stripped down version was allowed in court.
While testimonies from musicologists were heard, apparently there were eight elements in both songs that were similar. Back in 2013, Thicke and Williams profited over $5 million each from sales, T.I. (Clifford Harris Jr.) made $700,000 from rapping on the song, but was dismissed from the lawsuit.
Williams collected another $5.1 million for publishing and producing the single. The two defendants after the verdict released a statement, hinting that they are considering an appeal. Marvin Gaye’s children- Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III-sued the singers in 2013 and were present when the verdict was read.
I’m still waiting on my invitation to Lady Gaga’s wedding, but one thing is for sure, we know who is singing at the wedding. American music legend Tony Bennett, has already been booked. It is no surprise that besides working on several projects together, they have become extremely close friends. They worked on the Grammy-winning jazz album, “Cheek to Cheek,” among other projects. Bennett, 88, didn’t spill any details about the wedding or what he’ll be singing, according to the New York Post.
Rose’s Scoop: Yes, at Paris Fashion Week, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson did the catwalk. They officially announced the sequel to “Zoolander.” The stars performed in character as Derek Zoolander and Hansel and flashed the infamous blue steel pose. Vogue magazine has confirmed that “Zoolander 2” is officially gearing up for production with filming in Rome soon. They were also pictured backstage with Vogue editor Anna Wintour.