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Robin Thicke Is Really Sorry to Sue Marvin Gaye's Heirs

Musical guest Robin Thicke performs on August 2 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Musical guest Robin Thicke performs on August 2 on Late Night with Jimmy FallonPhotograph by Lloyd Bishop/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Here’s something you don’t find in the court files every day: a really apologetic lawsuit.

The superpolite intellectual property litigation (pdf) comes courtesy of singer Robin Thicke, whose Blurred Lines is the summer’s monster hit. Thicke and co-composers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris went to federal court in Los Angeles on Aug. 15 seeking to preempt legal claims that Blurred Lines borrows too aggressively from late soul legend Marvin Gaye and the group Funkadelic.