¶ Several amicus briefs have been filed in connection with the appeal pending at the Ninth Circuit in which Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, et al. seek to overturn the jury verdict and monetary judgment against them in the district court case involving "Blurred Lines". All three briefs support the appellants' position, indicating not only broad concern about the deleterious potential of the jury verdict on innovation in the area of popular music, but also the widely shared view that the jury's verdict was based on personal antipathy towards the appellants, and flawed testimony of the Gaye family's musical experts that the trial judge should not have allowed the jury to consider.
• Amicus brief submitted on behalf of Musicologists by Los Angeles attorney Kenneth Freundlich: PDF
• Amicus brief submitted by Public Knowledge, a Washington based public interest group: PDF
• Amicus brief submitted on behalf of Songwriters & Producers by Los Angeles attorney Edwin McPherson: PDF
¶ Patrick E. Savage, an ethnomusicologist at Tokyo University of the Arts, who specializes in comparative study of the world's music, recently completed his PhD dissertation in which he discusses how theories of biological evolution may be applied to our understanding of the evolution of musical works. In Chapter 4 he discusses how quantitative measurement of the evolution of melodies over time may inform and predict determinations of infringement in copyright disputes involving musical works. The discussion focuses on the well-known dispute involving George Harrison, as well as the more recent, and much discussed dispute over the song "Blurred Lines". PDF
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