LOS ANGELES -- Robin Thicke is asking a federal judge to determine if his song "Blurred Lines" doesn't copy from elements of two other songs.
Attorneys for Mr. 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 Mr. Gaye's song "Got to Give It Up" and Mr. Clinton's song "Sexy Ways" have warned Mr. 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."
"Blurred Lines" is spending its 10th week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. It has sold 4.6 million tracks. The song's music video features nude models prowling around Mr. Thicke, Mr. Williams and T.I. It has more than 137 million views and helped propel the song to the top of the charts.