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Robin Thicke and Pharrell have been embroiled in a heated dispute with Marvin Gaye’s estate over the similarities between their smash hit, “Blurred Lines,” and Gaye’s 1977 song, “Got to Give It Up,” and the pair have lost the first round in this legal battle.

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According to Billboard, U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt denied Thicke and Pharrell’s motion summary judgment on Thursday (October 30), ruling that Gaye’s 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.”

Although that doesn’t necessarily mean Thicke and Pharrell will go on to lose the lawsuit, it certainly doesn’t help the rough year Robin has had. The case will continue as planned with a trial set for February 10, 2015.

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