After ‘Blurred Lines’ verdict, Dupri understands both sides

NEW YORK (AP) — Some in the music industry say they have mixed feelings about the “Blurred Lines” copyright verdict that found the hit single copied elements of a song by Marvin Gaye.

Grammy-winning producer Jermaine Dupri says he remembers taking inspiration from others early in his career, but now sees uncomfortable similarity between a new song and one of his biggest hits.

Country star Keith Urban says he was surprised by the verdict awarding nearly $7.4 million to three of Gaye’s children because nobody holds a copyright on “a feel and style.”

Dupri says R&B singer Ciara’s latest song, “I Bet,” rips off Usher’s “U Got It Bad.” Dupri co-wrote and co-produced the 2001 hit.

A personal representative for Ciara referred questions to a label spokeswoman. That spokeswoman did not return email and text messages seeking comment.