LOS ANGELES — Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have lost the first round in their battle with Marvin Gaye’s family in an ongoing debate over whether their 2013 megahit “Blurred Lines” infringed on Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.”

A judge denied Thicke and William’s motion for a court ruling stating that “Blurred Lines” had not borrowed substantially from Gaye’s song. That means the Gaye family’s lawsuit can proceed.

“Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition,” representatives for Thicke and Williams stated in a suit filed in September.

– From news service reports