John Legend on 'Blurred Lines' Verdict: 'It's a slippery slope'

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John Legend is well aware of the similarities between “Blurred Lines” and Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” but he doesn’t agree with the court’s decision that Pharrell & Robin Thicke are both guilty of copyright infringement.

When speaking with The Associated Press about the similarities, he acknowledged:

“I said that when I first heard it, too.”

However, he feels the verdict of ‘copyright infringement’ is too far.

“You have to be careful when it comes to copyrights, whether just sounding like or feeling like something is enough to say you violated their copyrights,” the singer-songwriter said Saturday before performing at the South by Southwest music festival.

“Because there’s a lot of music out there, and there’s a lot of things that feel like other things that are influenced by other things. And you don’t want to get into that thing where all of us are suing each other all the time because this and that song feels like another song.”

Legend says he’s “a little concerned that this verdict might be a slippery slope.”

What do you think? Do you think Pharrell & Robin are truly guilty?

[via USA Today]

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