Pharrell Williams steps out in striped sweatpants after federal appeals court upholds Blurred Lines lawsuit verdict

Pharrell Williams kept it casual on Thursday in New York City after an appeals court upheld a copyright infringement verdict against him and Robin Thicke.

The 44-year-old singer wore grey striped sweatpants along with an orange hoodie while leaving a hotel.

He kept warm with an extra layer jacket and accessorized with a tan cap over his short blonde hair. 

Casual style: Pharrell Williams stepped out in striped sweatpants on Thursday in New York City after a federal appeals court upheld a copyright infringement verdict against him

Casual style: Pharrell Williams stepped out in striped sweatpants on Thursday in New York City after a federal appeals court upheld a copyright infringement verdict against him

Pharrell completed his look with a pair of his sneakers made in collaboration with Adidas.

The Human Race NMD sneakers inspired by his band N.E.R.D. feature 'YOU' written on the right shoe and 'NERD' on the left shoe. 

A federal appeals court in Pasadena, California issued a ruling on Wednesday upholding the verdict against Pharrell and Robin over their 2013 hit Blurred Lines.

In a split decision from a three-judge panel, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals awarded $5.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye, who said Blurred Lines is illegally copied from the late soul singer's Got to Give it Up. 

Hit song: The 44-year-old singer was in New York City a day after the appeals court in California issued its ruling in the Blurred Lines copyright infringement case

Hit song: The 44-year-old singer was in New York City a day after the appeals court in California issued its ruling in the Blurred Lines copyright infringement case

Two judges from the panel of three rejected the defense's request to overturn a jury verdict or order a new trial, saying that Gaye's copyright on the song is entitled to broad protection.

They accepted a trial court judge's instructing the jury to decide based only on the sheet music to the songs, and not the recordings.

Dissenting Judge Jacqueline Nguyen offered a harsh dissent, saying that the songs resemble each other only in style not substance and that the decision was detrimental to the future of artists and creativity. 

On stage: Robin Thicke and Pharrell are shown performing in June 2014 at the Walmart annual shareholders meeting in Fayeteville, Arkansas

On stage: Robin Thicke and Pharrell are shown performing in June 2014 at the Walmart annual shareholders meeting in Fayeteville, Arkansas

'The majority allows the Gayes to accomplish what no one has before: copyright a musical style,' Nguyen wrote.

'Blurred Lines and Got to Give It Up are not objectively similar. They differ in melody, harmony, and rhythm. Yet by refusing to compare the two works, the majority establishes a dangerous precedent that strikes a devastating blow to future musicians and composers everywhere.'

Howard King, an attorney for Williams and Thicke, seized on Nguyen's comments.

Starmaker: Robert is pictured in the Blurred Lines music video alongside Emily Ratajkowski, who has become an internationally famous celeb since then

Starmaker: Robert is pictured in the Blurred Lines music video alongside Emily Ratajkowski, who has become an internationally famous celeb since then

'We stand by the fact that these are two entirely different songs,' King said in an email to The Associated Press.

'The thorough and well-reasoned dissenting judge's opinion is compelling and enhances the prospects for success in a further review by the Court of Appeals.'

An email to Gaye family's attorney Richard S. Busch wasn't immediately returned.

The trial over Blurred Lines, the biggest hit of 2013, ended in March 2015 with jurors awarding Gaye's family more than $7 million. The verdict was later trimmed to $5.3 million.

The Gaye family also received 50 percent interest in ongoing royalties from the song.

Wildly popular: Pharrell and Robin are shown performing in Florida in September 2013 as Blurred Lines became a worldwide hit

Wildly popular: Pharrell and Robin are shown performing in Florida in September 2013 as Blurred Lines became a worldwide hit

 

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