After a long trial, the Marvin Gaye family won the case against Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’, with the court awarding the family with $7.3 million in damages to be paid by the two songwriters, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. It may not be all over for Williams though, as Gaye’s daughter Nona has claimed similarities between Williams’ massively successful ‘Happy’ and Gaye’s 1966 hit ‘Ain’t That Peculiar’.
“I’m not going to lie. I do think they sound alike,” she said, but the family are not considering legal actions at the present moment. Gaye’s ex-wife Janis Gaye has furthered this saying, “I heard the mash-ups — but I didn’t really need to hear them, I know ‘Ain’t That Peculiar’ and I’ve heard ‘Happy’. We’re not in that space. We’re just in the moment today and we’re satisfied”
The family has also responded to the critics of the verdict, who argue that despite the similarities between ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Got To Give It Up’, there were no malicious intentions by Williams or Thicke.
Nona explained, “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being inspired. Inspiration’s fine, but the line is when you decide to take the complete and utter essence out of the song. When you take all the meat, and leave the bones.”
The attorney for the ‘Blurred Lines’ case, Howard King, has also announced to Fox Business Network that there will be an appeal saying, “We owe it to song writers around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand.”