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KING, HOLMES, PATERNO & BERLINER, LLP HOWARD E. KING, ESQ., STATE BAR NO. 77012

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STEPHEN D. ROTHSCHILD, ESQ., STATE BAR NO. 132514 ROTHSCHILD@KHPBLAW.COM

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SETH MILLER, ESQ., STATE BAR NO. 175130 MILLER@KHPBLAW.COM

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1900 AVENUE OF THE STARS, 25 TH FLOOR LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90067-4506

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TELEPHONE: (310) 282-8989 FACSIMILE: (310) 282-8903

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Attorneys for Plaintiffs and Counter-

Defendants PHARRELL WILLIAMS, ROBIN THICKE and CLIFFORD

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HARRIS, JR. and Counter-Defendants MORE WATER FROM NAZARETH

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PUBLISHING, INC., PAULA MAXINE PATTON individually and d/b/a

HADDINGTON MUSIC, STAR TRAK ENTERTAINMENT, GEFFEN

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RECORDS, INTERSCOPE RECORDS, UMG RECORDINGS, INC., and

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UNIVERSAL MUSIC DISTRIBUTION

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

 

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CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, WESTERN DIVISION

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS, an individual; ROBIN THICKE, an

CASE NO. CV13-06004-JAK (AGRx) Hon. John A. Kronstadt, Ctrm 750

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individual; and CLIFFORD HARRIS, JR., an individual,

PLAINTIFFS’ REVISED [PROPOSED] VERDICT FORM

Plaintiffs,

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Jury Trial:

 

vs.

Date:

Time:

February 24, 2015

 

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8:30 a.m.

 

BRIDGEPORT MUSIC, INC., a

Ctrm.: 750

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Michigan corporation; FRANKIE CHRISTIAN GAYE, an individual;

Action Commenced: August 15, 2013

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MARVIN GAYE III, an individual; NONA MARVISA GAYE, an

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individual; and DOES 1 through 10, inclusive,

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Defendants.

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AND RELATED COUNTERCLAIMS.

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Plaintiffs and Counter-Defendants PHARRELL WILLIAMS, ROBIN

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THICKE and CLIFFORD HARRIS, JR. and Counter-Defendants MORE WATER

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FROM NAZARETH PUBLISHING, INC., PAULA MAXINE PATTON

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individually and d/b/a HADDINGTON MUSIC, STAR TRAK

 

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ENTERTAINMENT, GEFFEN RECORDS, INTERSCOPE RECORDS, UMG

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RECORDINGS, INC., and UNIVERSAL MUSIC DISTRIBUTION ("Plaintiffs")

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hereby submit their Revised [Proposed] Verdict Form. The parties have met and

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conferred regarding the verdict, as directed, but have not reached agreement.

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Plaintiffs' revised proposed Verdict Form (Exhibit A hereto) is a reasonable

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compromise between the competing forms the parties previously submitted on

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February 2, 2015 (Document 240). Plaintiffs object to Defendants' proposed form

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(Document 240, Exhibit B) on the grounds that it: (a) does not distinguish between:

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each Thicke Party for purposes of liability, willfulness, and profits; and (b) conflates

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actual damages with profits, which are separate remedies. While there is joint and

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several liability for damages for copyright defendants, liability for profits is several.

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Here, each Thicke Party is entitled to a separate determination by the jury as to

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whether he, she, or it infringed the copyright, whether such infringement was willful

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or innocent, what profits that Thicke Party received, and any overhead that was not

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taken into account as an expense due to that Thicke Party's willful infringement.

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The Court should use the [Proposed] Verdict Form attached hereto as Exhibit A.

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DATED: March 5, 2015

KING, HOLMES, PATERNO &

 

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BERLINER, LLP

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By:

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SETH MILLER

 

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Attorneys for Plaintiffs and Counter-Defendants

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS, et al.

 

K ING , HOL MES , P ATERN O & BERLINER , LLP

 

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EXHIBIT A

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

 

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CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, WESTERN DIVISION

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS, an individual; ROBIN THICKE, an

CASE NO. CV13-06004-JAK (AGRx) Hon. John A. Kronstadt, Ctrm 750

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individual; and CLIFFORD HARRIS, JR., an individual,

[PROPOSED] SPECIAL VERDICT

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Plaintiffs,

Jury Trial:

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Date:

February 10, 2015

 

vs.

Time:

9:00 a.m.

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Ctrm.: 750

 

BRIDGEPORT MUSIC, INC., a

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Michigan corporation; FRANKIE CHRISTIAN GAYE, an individual;

Action Commenced: August 15, 2013

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MARVIN GAYE III, an individual; NONA MARVISA GAYE, an

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individual; and DOES 1 through 10, inclusive,

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Defendants.

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AND RELATED COUNTERCLAIMS.

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SPECIAL VERDICT

 

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CLAIM NO. ONE: “Got to Give It Up” / “Blurred Lines”:

 

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Question No. 1.: Do you find by a preponderance of the evidence that the

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Gaye Parties own a valid copyright in the musical composition, “Got to Give

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It Up”?

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Yes

 

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No

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If your answer to Question No. 1 is “no,” proceed to Question No. 9.

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If your answer to Question No. 1 is “yes,” please proceed to the next question.

 

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Question No. 2.: Do you find by a preponderance of the evidence that the

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Thicke Parties infringed the Gaye Parties’ copyright in the musical

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composition “Got to Give It Up” in “Blurred Lines”?

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Please answer “yes” or “no” for each of the following Thicke Parties:

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Pharrell Williams and More Water From Nazareth Publishing, Inc. (the

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“Williams Parties”)

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Yes

 

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No

 

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Robin Thicke

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Answer:

Yes

 

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No

 

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Clifford Harris, Jr.

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Answer:

Yes

 

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No

 

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Interscope Records, UMG Recordings, Inc., Universal Music

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Distribution, and Star Trak Entertainment (the “Interscope Parties”)

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Yes

 

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No

 

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If you answered “no” for all Thicke Parties in your answer to Question No. 2,

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please proceed to Question No. 9.

 

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If you answered “yes” for any Thicke Party in your answer to Question No. 2,

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please proceed to the next question.

 

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Question No. 3.: Please state the amount of actua l damages, if any, that you

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find by a preponderance of the eviden ce that the Gaye Parties suffered as a

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result of the Thicke Parties’ infringement of “Got to Give It Up”:

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Answer:

$ ______________

 

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Please proceed to the next question.

 

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Question No. 4.: Please state the amount of profits, if any, that you find by a

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preponderance of the eviden ce any Thicke Party received attributable to his

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or its infringement of the copyright in “Got to Give It Up” and not taken

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into account in calculating any damages you awarded in Question No. 3:

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The Williams Parties

$

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Robin Thicke

$

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Clifford Harris, Jr.

$

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The Interscope Parties

$

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Please proceed to the next question.

 

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Question No. 5.: If you excluded overhead expenses based on willful

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infringement in calculating profits of the Interscope Parties in your answer

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to Question No. 4, please state the amount of overhead you excluded:

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$ ______________

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Please proceed to the next question.

 

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Question No. 6.: Do you find by a preponderance of the evidence that the

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Thicke Parties’ infringement of the copyright in “Got to Give It Up” was

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willful? Please answer “yes” or “no” for each Thicke Party below:

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The Williams Parties

 

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Yes

 

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No

 

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Robin Thicke

 

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Answer:

Yes

 

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No

 

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Clifford Harris, Jr.

 

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Answer:

Yes

 

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No

 

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The Interscope Parties

 

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Yes

 

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No

 

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Please proceed to the next question.

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Question No. 7.: Do you find by a preponderance of the evidence that the

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Thicke Parties’ infringement of the copyright in “Got to Give It Up” was

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innocent? Please answer “yes” or “no” for each Thicke Party below:

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The Williams Parties

 

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Yes

 

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No

 

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Robin Thicke

 

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Yes

 

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No

 

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Clifford Harris, Jr.

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Yes

 

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No

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The Interscope Parties

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Yes

 

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No

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Please proceed to the next question.

 

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Question No. 8.: Please state the amount of statutory damages, if any, that

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you award to the Gaye Parties for the Thicke Parties’ infringement of the

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copyright in the musical composition “Got to Give It Up”:

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Answer:

$ ______________

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Please proceed to the next question.

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II.

CLAIM NO. TWO: “After the Dance” / “Love After War”:

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Question No. 9.: Do you find by a preponderance of the evidence that the

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Gaye Parties own a valid copyright in the musical composition, “After the

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Dance”?

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Yes

 

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No

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If your answer to Question No. 9 is “no,” Please have the Foreperson sign

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and date this form below and return it to the Court Clerk.

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If your answer to Question No. 9 is “yes,” please proceed to the next question.

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Question No. 10.: Do you find by a preponderance of the evidence that the

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Thicke Parties infringed the Gaye Parties’ copyright in the musical

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composition “After the Dance” in “Love After War”?

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Please answer “yes” or “no” for each of the following Thicke Parties:

 

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Robin Thicke

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Yes

 

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No

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Paula Maxine Patton

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Yes

 

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No

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Geffen Records, UMG Recordings, Inc., Universal Music Distribution,

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and Star Trak Entertainment (the “Geffen Parties”)

 

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Yes

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No

 

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If you answered “no” for all Thicke Parties in your answer to Question

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No. 10, please have the Foreperson sign and date this form below and return it to the

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Court Clerk.

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If you answered “yes” for any Thicke Party in your answer to Question

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No. 10, please proceed to the next question.

 

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Question No. 11.: Please state the amount of actua l damages, if any, that you

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find by a preponderance of the eviden ce that the Gaye Parties suffered as a

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result of the Thicke Parties’ infringement of “After the Dance”:

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$ ______________

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Please proceed to the next question.

 

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Question No. 12.: Please state the amount of profits, if any, that you find by

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a preponderance of the evidence any Thicke Party received attributable to

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his, her, or its infringement of the copyright in “After the Dance” and not

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taken into account in calculating any damages you awarded in Question

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Robin Thicke

$

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Paula Maxine Patton

 

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The Geffen Parties

$

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Question No. 13.: If you excluded overhead expenses based on willful

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infringement in calculating profits of the Geffen Parties in your answer to

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Question No. 12, please state the amount of overhead you excluded:

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Answer:

$ ______________

 

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Please proceed to the next question.

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Question No. 14.: Do you find by a preponderance of the evidence that the

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Thicke Parties’ infringement of the copyright in “After the Dance” was

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willful? Please answer “yes” or “no” for each Thicke Party below:

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Robin Thicke

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Yes

 

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No

 

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Paula Maxine Patton

 

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Yes

 

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No

 

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Yes

 

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Question No. 15.: Do you find by a preponderance of the evidence that the

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Thicke Parties’ infringement of the copyright in “After the Dance” was

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innocent? Please answer “yes” or “no” for each Thicke Party below:

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Robin Thicke

 

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Yes

 

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No

 

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Paula Maxine Patton

 

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Yes

 

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No

 

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The Geffen Parties

 

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Question No. 16.: Please state the amount of statutory damages, if any, that

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you award to the Gaye Parties for the Thicke Parties’ infringement of the

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copyright in the musical composition “After the Dance”:

 

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$ ______________

 

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sign and date this form below and return it to the Court Clerk.

 

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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I hereby certify that on March 5, 2015, I electronically filed the foregoing

PLAINTIFFS' REVISED [PROPOSED] VERDICT FORM with the Clerk of

the Court by using the CM/ECF system. I certify that all participants in the case are

registered CM/ECF users and that service will be accomplished by the CM/ECF

system.

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