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John Legend performs at the AXE White Label Collective Party during the SXSW Music Festival on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — John Legend says he's concerned that the "Blurred Lines" verdict could set a scary precedent for artists creating music inspired by others.

Legend told The Associated Press on Saturday that the song sounds like Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," but says "you have to be careful when it comes to copyrights, whether just sounding like or feeling like something is enough to say you violated their copyrights."

Pharrell and Robin Thicke were ordered to pay nearly $7.4 million to three of Gaye's children after a jury determined the performers copied elements of the Gaye's 1977 hit.

Legend says he's "a little concerned that this verdict might be a slippery slope."

Legend is performing Saturday during South by Southwest in Austin at an event for AXE Collection.