awarded more than $7 million dollars to his heirs – $4 million in actual damages, and more than $3 million in Williams and Thicke’s profits. The parties are currently briefing issues to the court in advance of a court decision as to whether to order the award, and an appeal is certain. But the reporting on the verdict, mostly by people who were interested in the case but did not understand its nuances, has been muddled. There are good reasons why – many of the issues involved are complex and unsettled. This is not my typical rant about mainstream media conflating trademark and copyright. The nuanced issues, and the conflicting public statements by the parties’ lawyers, all but assure that there will be some misunderstandings. I found enough to fit an article divided in two parts (just like the “Got to Give It Up” 45) addressing the common misunderstanding about these blurred lines:
Associate Michael Hassard speaks about how to keep out of trouble in the NFT world.