Why the Blurred Lines Lawsuit is the World’s Worst Music Copyright Decision

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In March of 2015, a federal jury in Los Angeles voted unanimously that Robin Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams’ song Blurred Lines infringed on the 1977 Marvin Gaye song, Got to Give it Up. This decision is highly criticized and an appeal to the 9th Circuit followed.  Dr. E. Michael Harrington, a professional musicologist who specializes in federal copyright matters, is coming to Minneapolis to discuss his opinion that the jury's decision was foolish and explore the ramifications on the music industry if this decision were to become a standard.

This CLE is approved for credit through June 14, 2019.

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Dr. E. Michael Harrington is a composer, musician, consultant, professor, and is currently the Music Business Program Faculty Chair at SAE Institute Nashville and Course Author and Professor at Berklee Online.  Among numerous other industry pursuits, he has worked as an expert witness and consultant in music copyright issues involving the Dixie Chicks, Woody Guthrie, Deadmau5, Lady Gaga, Jib Jab, DJ Danger Mouse, Busta Rhymes, Steven Spielberg, Samsung, HBO, Mark Burnett, Food Network, Citadel, White Stripes, Black Keys, Akon, T-Pain, Lauryn Hill & The Fugees, Steve Perry, Collin Raye, Patty Loveless, Tupac Shakur, Samsung, AT & T, Keith Urban, the Houston Rockets (NBA), Beatallica, Mariah Carey, the Turtles, the Monkees, Ne-Yo, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Avril Lavigne, Mystikal, Britney Spears, 2 Live Crew, Rascal Flatts, Sugar Hill Gang, Lonnie Mack, Hasbro, Ford, Heinz, Publix, Insight International and others.

In August 2016, he was cited as an authority in the Brief of Amici Curiae 212 Songwriters, Composers, Musicians, and Producers in Support of Appellants in the “Blurred Lines” decision at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Link:

He also co-authored a brief to the 9th Circuit with attorney Ken Freundlich and nine other musicologists.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit approved | Event Code: 240145

MSBA Members:  $29.95
Non-MSBA Members:  $64.95