Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are to appeal the court ruling that was passed the other day, judging the two songwriters to have infringed the copyright of a Marvin Gaye song for their track 'Blurred Lines'.

They were ordered to pay Gaye's estate $7.4 million but their lawyer Howard E. King told Fox Business that they would be appealing the decision. 

"We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand," he said. "We are going to exercise every post-trial remedy we have to make sure this verdict does not stand. Just because eight people think two songs are similar doesn't mean they are. I think this is a horrible decision that is going to affect whether or not record labels provide the necessary funds for new music to be created."

The ruling has proved contentious, with many musicians and songwriters claiming that it sets a dangerous precedent on what can be judged creative 'infringement' and may lead to further lawsuits that are ultimately damaging to music.