Marvin Gaye’s Family Thinks That Pharrell’s “Happy” Is Plagarism, Too

The Gaye family says they are “satisfied” for now.

March 13, 2015

Earlier this week, a federal jury ruled concluded in a potentially precedent-setting case that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke had, indeed, committed copyright infringement by being perhaps too inspired by Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." Williams and Thicke have been ordered to pay the Gaye Estate $7.4 million in damages, and in a recent conversation (via CBS) with ET's Nischelle Turner, the family was asked if they have plans to go after Williams' ubiquitous 2014 hit "Happy," which is said to bare resemblance to Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar."

"I'm not going to lie," admitted Nona Gaye, Marvin's 40-year-old daughter, before confirming that they don't have any immediate plans to take further legal action. "We're not in that space. We're just in the moment today and we're satisfied," she said.

The Gaye Estate has, however, said that they plan to file an injunction halting further sale and distribution of "Blurred Lines" (which has accrued some $16 million). Williams and Thicke have also stated intent to appeal the verdict.

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Marvin Gaye’s Family Thinks That Pharrell’s “Happy” Is Plagarism, Too