Robin Thicke's lawsuit against the Marvin Gaye family and Bridgeport Music made waves when it was filed Aug. 15, not just because of its almost apologetic tone toward the family, but also because it was a novel legal tactic that's likely to be repeated in future copyright battles.

Thicke's team filed suit only after offering payment to the Gaye family. Billboard has learned that a six-figure sum was proposed, in hopes of avoiding a court battle.

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