SAE Nashville Music Business Chair Weighs in on ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict

Throughout the case of the family of Marvin Gaye’s copyright infringement suit against Robin Thicke, Dr. E. Michael Harrington, the Music Business Program Department Chair at SAE Institute Nashville, provided insight to media outlets. Naturally, upon learning of the verdict, he weighed in on the potential implications the music industry faces as a result of the jury finding that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams did infringe on “Got to Give It Up.”

Dr. Harrington called the verdict “the worst decision,” and he warned how this could be a dangerous precedent set for future suits against songwriters, producers, and artists.

Across the nation, the media collected Dr. Harrington’s thoughts on the verdict:

USA Today: ‘Blurred’ verdict is bad news for music biz
Daily Mail: ‘Blurred Lines’ verdict strikes fear into songwriters
ABC News: Pharrel Williams, Robin Thicke Verdict: How ‘Blurred Lines’ Case Could Change Music Industry…or Not
WKRN ABC News 2 Nashville: ‘Blurred Lines’ copyright ruling cuases stir on Music Row
Malay Mail Online: Songwriters now live in fear after ‘Blurred Lines’ verdict