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Robin Thicke sues Marvin Gaye's family after the family threatened to sue for copyright infringement.

6:19 PM, Aug 16, 2013   |    comments
Robin Thicke scored his first No. 1 album with "Blurred Lines," which moved 177,000 copies in its first week. (Photo: Charles Sykes, Invision/AP)
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(USA TODAY) -- Sometimes, the best defense is the best offense.

At least that's the strategy that Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. seem to be using.

Marvin Gaye's family and Bridgeport Records have threatened to file suit demanding financial compensation for copyright infringement against Thicke's summer anthem, Blurred Lines, which they say sounds remarkably similar to Gaye's Got To Give Up.

Meanwhile, before Thicke and co. can get sued, they've filed their own legal action in response to the so-called threats made by Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music.

According to the copy that The Hollywood Reporter obtained:

"Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists. Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs' massively successful composition, 'Blurred Lines,' copies 'their' compositions."

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