Pharrell Williams, left, and Robin Thicke have been ordered to pay over $7 million in damages to the family of Marvin Gaye. (AFP/Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Walmart)
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A jury's verdict that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye's music to create their hit song "Blurred Lines" won't just be felt by the singer's pocketbooks – it has the potential to change how musicians work and could open the door to new copyright claims.Howard King, lead attorney for Thicke and Williams, told jurors in closing arguments that a verdict for the Gaye family would have a chilling effect on musicians' trying to evoke an era or create an homage to the sound of earlier musicians.Music copyright trials are rare, but allegations that a song copies another artist's work are common.King, who also represents numerous musicians, said record labels are going to become more reluctant to release music that's similar to other works.
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