Marvin Gaye's children paid $7m for Blurred Lines after court ruling

Pharrell and his wife outside court before the ruling
Pharrell and his wife outside court before the ruling

A jury has awarded Marvin Gaye's children nearly 7.4 million dollars (£4.9 million) after determining singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father's music to create Blurred Lines, the biggest hit song of 2013.

Gaye's daughter Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was read and was hugged by her lawyer.

"Right now, I feel free," she said outside court. "Free from... Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke's chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told."

Blurred Lines has sold more than 7.3 million copies in the US alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. It earned a Grammy Awards nomination and netted Williams and Thicke millions of dollars.

The case was a struggle between two of music's biggest names: Williams has sold more than 100 million records worldwide during his career as a singer-producer, and Gaye performed hits such as Sexual Healing and How Sweet It Is (To be Loved by You) remain popular.

The verdict could tarnish the legacy of Williams, a reliable hit-maker who has won Grammy Awards and appears on NBC's music competition show The Voice.

He and Thicke are "undoubtedly disappointed", said their lead lawyer, Howard King.

"They're unwavering in their absolute conviction that they wrote this song independently," he said.

Thicke and Williams earned more than $7 million (£4.6 million) apiece on the song, according to evidence.