'Happy' a rip-off of Marvin Gaye song: Family

Just a day after a judge awarded USD 7.4 million in the "Blurred Lines" case, Marvin Gaye's family claim they notice the similarities between "Happy" and the late singer's "Ain't That Peculiar".

PTI| Last Updated: Mar 14, 2015, 16:08 PM IST

Los Angeles: Just a day after a judge awarded USD 7.4 million in the "Blurred Lines" case, Marvin Gaye's family claim they notice the similarities between "Happy" and the late singer's "Ain't That Peculiar".

The similarities between the two songs have been pointed out by some fans, including one who even made a mash-up below for comparison purposes, reported CBS News.

Asked about their opinion, Gaye's daughter Nona Gaye said, "I'm not going to lie. I do think they sound alike."

"I heard the mash-ups - but I didn't really need to hear them," Gaye's ex-wife Janis added. "I know 'Ain't That Peculiar' and I've heard 'Happy'." However, the family said that they had no plan to take legal action against singer Pharrell Williams.

"We're not in that space," Janis said. "We're just in the moment today and we're satisfied." In the meantime, Pharrell and Robin Thicke are planning to appeal against the verdict in the "Blurred Lines" case.

Their lawyer Howard E King said earlier this week, "We are going to exercise every post trial remedy we have to make sure this verdict does not stand. We look at it as being in the seventh inning of a game that could go into extra innings."