Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams suffer a setback in the case.
The two artists have been in a back-and-forth legal battle with Marvin Gaye’s family over whether or not their smash hit ‘Blurred Lines’ infringes upon Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up’ for months. Earlier today, U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt denied their motion for summary judgment, which will send the suit to trial.
The judge finds that there is sufficient evidence regarding phrases, hooks, bass lines, keyboard chords, harmonic structures and vocal melodies between the two songs, writing that the Gaye family “have made a sufficient showing that elements of ‘Blurred Lines’ may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of ‘Got to Give It Up.’ Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection.”
A trial is currently scheduled for February 10, 2015. Previously, Thicke admitted to being high on vicodin and alcohol during the recording of ‘Blurred Lines’, while Gaye’s family used a mash-up of the two songs as evidence. [via THR]