Thursday, 01 September 2016 15:57

'Blurred Lines' Appeal Garners Support of Over 200 Musicians

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Over 200 artists, including Hans Zimmer, Jennifer Hudson and members of Weezer, Linkin Park and Earth, Wind & Fire, filed an amicus brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the bid by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, to overturn the $5.3 million final judgment.

The amicus brief includes concerns over how some artists believe that the 9th Circuit Court's ruling, may have a chilling effect on artist's creativity going forward. The brief states that the case is "unique" because the two works in question "do not have similar melodies" and "do not even share a single melodic phrase," but rather a similar overall "feel" or "groove."

Separately, 10 musicologists have filed their own amicus brief, echoing that the verdict could curtail creativity in popular music, but focusing more on the 9th Circuit's decision to not reject the case early on in the summary judgment phase.

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David Andrew Joseph

Mr. Joseph earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from The Florida State University College of Business, and his law degree, from Loyola University New Orleans. While at Loyola University he served on the board of the Hispanic Latino Student Association, and earned a certificate in International Legal Studies. Mr. Joseph is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida, as well as in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Joseph is fluent in Spanish, and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section.