March 25, 2015
The jury’s March 10th verdict in the “Blurred Lines” case has understandably generated a significant amount of interest and attention from the public, and has also led to differing opinions from legal experts as to whether the jury made the right decision. The verdict came after a contentious courtroom battle between the track’s songwriters and the Marvin Gaye family, but other copyright conflicts between artists have been successfully resolved outside the judicial system. Why do some in the legal community think the “Blurred Lines” jury got it wrong, and what should the “Blurred Lines” team have learned from Tom Petty about how to clear up a copyright skirmish without resorting to litigation?

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