By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday cut a copyright infringement verdict by more than $2 million against recording stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their 2013 smash hit "Blurred Lines," but offered Marvin Gaye's heirs a 50 percent royalty on future earnings from the song. A federal jury in Los Angeles had sided with Gaye's estate in March, finding that parts of his 1977 hit "Got to Give it Up" were copied by Thicke and Williams for their R&B chart-topper. U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt in Los Angeles said on Tuesday the amount was "excessive," based on the evidence presented in the case.
Three armed men broke into the Los Angeles home of rhythm and blues star Chris Brown on Wednesday, ordering a relative of Brown into a closet and taking cash and electronics, police said. Brown was not home during the early morning robbery, said Los Angeles police spokeswoman Liliana Preciado. Three men wearing ski masks and armed with at least one handgun confronted the relative, who may have been an aunt, at the singer's house in the Tarzana suburb of Los Angeles, Preciado said.
MILAN (AP) — A home for retired musicians created by composer Giuseppe Verdi secured a cache of his joking and sometimes off-color correspondence with an Italian count for the bargain price of 120,000 euros ($132,000), officials said Wednesday.