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George Benson: Robin Thicke didn’t steal Marvin Gaye’s song

SUPPORT: George Benson, left, has defended Robin Thicke, far right, and Pharrell Williams, centre

GEORGE BENSON has defended Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, insisting the pair did not plagiarise a Marvin Gaye hit, despite a recent court ruling.

A US district court jury in Los Angeles found yesterday (March 11) that parts of Gaye's 1977 hit Got to Give it Up were copied to create Thicke’s 2013 smash hit Blurred Lines.

Thicke and Williams, who co-wrote the song, were ordered to pay Gaye’s family $7.4million.

But according to Benson, the pair did nothing wrong.

“They didn’t steal his [Gaye’s] melody,” the Give Me The Night hitmaker told The Voice. “You’re talking about a feeling; you can’t copyright a feeling. So they didn’t do anything wrong, in my eyes.

“But I know why [Gaye’s] family did and if that works out…everybody needs money,” Benson continued. “But the recording that Robin Thicke did with Pharrell was an incredible piece of music.

“They didn’t steal any of the melody and that’s what songs are about.”

Read the full exclusive interview with George Benson, coming soon in The Voice newspaper

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