Marvin Gaye's son insists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams would not have copied portions of the soul legend's Got to Give It Up for their hit Blurred Lines if he was still alive.
The hitmakers were ordered to hand over $7.4 million to Gaye's heirs after losing a court battle on Tuesday (10Mar15) when a Los Angeles jury found them guilty of lifting portions from their father's 1977 track.
Marvin Gaye III is adamant his family was disrespected by the duo, and insists the chart-topping track would have been different if the superstar had not passed away in 1984.
He tells TMZ.com, "I think if (my Dad) was disrespected the way we were... I don't think if he was alive it would have gone that way, I think they would have had a lot more respect for him and the situation. The fact that (he's not) here they felt like they could get away with something... I think (Thicke) has to live with his issues but for us it's over and hopefully we won't have to go back and retry the case."
Thicke and Williams are planning to challenge the verdict as they maintain Blurred Lines was an original song created solely by them.
Meanwhile, the Gaye family's lawyer, Richard Busch, is seeking a court injunction to block further sales of Blurred Lines until an agreement can be reached over royalty payments.