Lee Brenner Featured in Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal Article Discussing ‘Blurred Lines’ and the Copyright Act
March 2018
Partner Lee Brenner was featured in the Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal article “Copyright Verdict Against Robin Thicke Hit ‘Blurred Lines’ Stands,” discussing the Ninth Circuit’s decision to uphold the ruling that the song “Blurred Lines” infringed a copyright on Marvin Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up.”

Questioning the decision, Lee noted that “[i]t is perfectly legal under the Copyright Act for an author to be inspired by prior work. The Copyright Act is designed to encourage free use of ideas and to ‘build freely’ upon those ideas. We are supposed to inspire each other.”

The split decision shook the legal community, with supporters on each side voicing their concerns on how the decision will change the landscape of the music industry. Dissenting Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen criticized the decision as one that “allows the Gayes to accomplish what no one has before: copyright a musical style.”

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