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Pharrell Slams 'Blurred Lines' Verdict

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2015 file photo, Pharrell Williams performs at "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star
FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2015 file photo, Pharrell Williams performs at "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute," in Los Angeles. Williams, fond of high hats and fabulous shoes, will be honored as a fashion icon by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The singer, songwriter and record producer was singled out for the Fashion Icon Award, to be bestowed June 1 at Lincoln Center in New York. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Pharrell Williams has stayed quiet since the "Blurred Lines" case reached a verdict, which awarded Marvin Gaye's family $7.3 million for copyright infringement. But in an interview with the Financial Times, Williams spoke out against the ruling, calling it a "handicap" to artists.

"The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else," he said. "This applies to fashion, music, design ... anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas."

The jury ruled that Williams and Robin Thicke copied Gaye's song, "Got To Give It Up," when writing their smash hit "Blurred Lines," but Williams also asserted that they didn't rely on the track. "There was no infringement," he said. "You can’t own feelings and you can’t own emotions ... [In music] there are only the notations and the progression. Those were different."

Williams' statement echoes what many music critics, legal experts and industry insiders have been saying since the ruling came out: this is a bad look for the future of music.

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