According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke filed a lawsuit in September 2014 after receiving threats from Gaye’s family. The lawsuit sought declaratory relief that “Blurred Lines” was non-infringing, painting the defendant as attempting to claim ownership of an entire genre.
Gaye camp countersued that the song was indeed infringing, that Thicke had a “Marvin Gaye fixation,” and that he had also stolen a second song, “Love After War” from Gaye’s “After the Dance.”
A judge on Thursday denied Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s motion for summary judgment. The end result, handed down today, is U.S. District Judge Kronstadt’s conclusion that the case shouldn’t end now. A trial is scheduled for February 10, 2015.
The Gaye family, he writes, “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.”