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U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt denied Williams and Thicke’s motion for summary judgment in the Blurred Lines lawsuit because Martin Gaye’s relatives have “made a sufficient showing that elements of Blurred Lines may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of Got to Give It Up.”
Since last year, Marvin Gaye’s family has been persistent that the song is a blatant rip-off of Gaye’s song Got to Give it Up. After those claims, Thicke and Pharrell filed a lawsuit against Gaye’s relatives and they counter-sued.
However, since Thicke and Pharrell lost the first round against Gaye’s estate, there will be a trial. And, Billboard reports that this case could be one of the biggest trials over alleged song theft ever.
Judge Krondstadt’s ruling saw similarities in the two songs’ bass lines, keyboard parts, vocal lines, melodies and harmonies.
The trial is scheduled for Feb. 10, 2015.