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Alan Thicke on 'Blurred Lines' ruling against son: 'It's not a healthy precedent'

He's a classic sitcom actor, a songwriter and reality TV star, but that's not all Alan Thicke is known for. He's also the father of another famous face — "Blurred Lines" hit-maker Robin Thicke.

On Wednesday, the proud pop stopped by TODAY and spoke out about the history-making lawsuit surrounding his son's song.

"It's kind of a milestone litigation and dangerous to the musical community," the senior Thicke said of the ruling, which left his son and 'Blurred Lines" co-writer Pharrell Williams owing millions to the family of Marvin Gaye.

In March, a jury found that "Blurred Lines" was just too similar to Gaye's "Got to Give it Up" and found the creators of the earworm liable for copyright infringement.

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Robin Thicke with dad Alan.

"Gap Band has just been added to Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk' because of [a claim from] half a dozen writers from a song from the '70s," Thicke added of a high-profile settlement in the wake of the "Blurred Lines" decision. "Everybody is a little wary because of any possibility of plagiarism."

But wary or not, Thicke had some words of wisdom for his son.

"Yes, you're giving back $3 million, but you're $3 million ahead of where you were before 'Blurred Lines'" he said. "So from a purely accountant's standpoint, it's OK."

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Alan Thicke on TODAY, May 6, 2015

From other perspectives, though, the 68-year-old admitted he doesn't think it's OK at all.

"Emotionally, and for the music industry itself, it's not a healthy precedent," he said. "[Robin and Pharrell] are appealing, and of course, we hope they win."

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