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Pharrell Willams has opened up about last week's $7.3 million verdict in the "Blurred Lines" trial. In a statement to The Financial Times, he explained that the verdict threatens the creativity of aspiring artists. "The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else," he said.  "If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we're going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas."

Marvin Gaye's family has sought to defend their actions, even saying that Marvin would support their decision in an open letter published earlier this week. They also filed an injunction earlier this week in an attempt to halt all sales of "Blurred Lines." There are no solid plans to appeal the verdict right now, and Pharrell told The Financial Times that he's currently working on the "next step." 

[via The Financial Times]