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Robin Thicke asks judge to settle plagiarism allegations about his hit song 'Blurred Lines'

Robin Thicke is going to court to attempt to prove his hit summer single 'Blurred Lines' doesn't copy songs by Marvin Gaye and George Clinton. Robin Thicke's song is spending its 10th week at number one on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

By Anthony McCartneyAssociated Press / August 20, 2013

Robin Thicke performs 'Blurred Lines' on the NBC 'Today' show.

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Robin Thicke is asking a federal judge to determine his song "Blurred Lines" doesn't copy from elements of two other songs.

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Attorneys for Thicke and the song's collaborators, Pharrell Williams and T.I., filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Thursday asking a judge to determine their song does not copy songs composed by Marvin Gaye and George Clinton.

"Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else's composition," the lawsuit reads.

The suit states representatives of the owners of copyrights to Gaye's song "Got to Give It Up" and Clinton's song "Sexy Ways" have warned Thicke that he and his collaborators have used elements of the songs in "Blurred Lines."

"The basis of the Gaye defendants' claims is that 'Blurred Lines' and 'Got to Give It Up' 'feel' or 'sound' the same," the lawsuit states. "Being reminiscent of a 'sound' is not copyright infringement. The intent in producing 'Blurred Lines' was to evoke an era."

Representatives for Thicke and one of the defendants, Gaye's son Marvin Gaye III, didn't immediately reply to emails seeking comment.

"Blurred Lines" is spending its 10th week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. It has sold 4.6 million tracks.

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