EXCLUSIVE: After 'Blurred Lines' victory, Gaye family takes another listen to 'Happy'

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: (L-R) Recording artists Pharrell Williams, T.I., and Robin Thicke perform onstage during the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2004 file photo, actress Nona Gaye, daughter of singer Marvin Gaye, sings the National Anthem during the 2004 NBA All-Star at Staples Center, in Los Angeles. A jury says singers Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied a Marvin Gaye song to create "Blurred Lines" and awarded more than $7 million to Gaye's family. The eight-person panel reached the decision Tuesday, March 10, 2015, after hearing nearly a week of testimony about similarities between "Blurred Lines" — the biggest hit of 2013 — and Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up." (AP Photo/ Kevork Djansezian, File)
After winning a major victory in court over the song "Blurred Lines," Marvin Gaye's family sat down with ET's Nischelle Turner to talk about what the court decision means to them.
FILE - In this Jan. 17, 1983 file photo, singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye, winner of Favorite Soul/R&B Single, "Sexual Healing," attends the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Grammy-winning singer Pharrell Williams told a jury in federal court in Los Angeles that he grew up listening to Gaye's music. But the singer-producer said he didn't try to copy it directly for his collaboration with Thicke and T.I. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" improperly copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." Singer Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac, File)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Musician Robin Thicke is seen outside the Roybal Federal Building on March 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Thicke and co-writers of the song 'Blurred Lines' are being sued by the children of singer Marvin Gaye for using elements of Gaye's song 'Got to Give it Up' in 'Blurred Lines.' (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
Pharrell Williams leaves Los Angeles Federal Court after testifying at trial in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Grammy-winning singer Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for the hit song "Blurred Lines," but he was trying to evoke the feeling of late 1970s tunes. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" improperly copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." Singer Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Robin Thicke leaves Los Angeles Federal Court in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Grammy-winning singer Pharrell Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for the hit song "Blurred Lines," but he was trying to evoke the feeling of late 1970s tunes. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" improperly copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." The singer Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Musician Pharrell Williams is seen outside the Roybal Federal Building on March 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Williams and co-writers of the song 'Blurred Lines' are being sued by the children of singer Marvin Gaye for using elements of Gaye's song 'Got to Give it Up' in 'Blurred Lines.' (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
Pharrell Williams and an unidentified woman leave Los Angeles Federal Court after testifying at trial in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Grammy-winning singer Pharrell Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for the hit song "Blurred Lines," but he was trying to evoke the feeling of late 1970s tunes. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" improperly copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." Singer Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Pharrell Williams and an unidentified woman leave Los Angeles Federal Court after testifying at trial in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Grammy-winning singer Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for the hit song "Blurred Lines," but he was trying to evoke the feeling of late 1970s tunes. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" improperly copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." Singer Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Musician Pharrell Williams is seen outside the Roybal Federal Building on March 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Williams and co-writers of the song 'Blurred Lines' are being sued by the children of singer Marvin Gaye for using elements of Gaye's song 'Got to Give it Up' in 'Blurred Lines.' (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Musician Robin Thicke is seen outside the Roybal Federal Building on March 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Thicke and co-writers of the song 'Blurred Lines' are being sued by the children of singer Marvin Gaye for using elements of Gaye's song 'Got to Give it Up' in 'Blurred Lines.' (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
Robin Thicke, left, and Miley Cyrus perform "Blurred Lines" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Robin Thicke accepts the award for top R&B song for "Blurred Lines" at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
FILE - Musician Robin Thicke performs before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers, in this April 5, 2014 file photo taken in Los Angeles. Thicke's attorney says the estate of Marvin Gaye exploited the singer's "moment of personal vulnerability" in an attempt to prove that the hit "Blurred Lines" was a ripoff of a Gaye hit. April depositions by Thicke and Pharrell Williams in the case were unsealed Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 revealing a different story than the one the two men were giving the public during interviews last year about the song. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 25: Recording artists Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. perform onstage during the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 25: Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and T.I. perform onstage during the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: (L-R) Recording artists Pharrell, T. I., and Robin Thicke perform onstage during the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for BET)
Pharrell Williams, left, and Robin Thicke perform onstage at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
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After winning a major victory in court over the song "Blurred Lines," Marvin Gaye's family sat down with ET's Nischelle Turner to talk about what the court decision means to them.

On Tuesday, a jury ruled in favor of the Gayes following claims that Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I.'s 2013 hit song was too similar to Gaye's "Got to Give it Up." The family was awarded more than $7 million for using key elements of the original R&B record without permission. (Only Thicke and Williams, the two songwriters, will have to pay damages.)

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"My heart started pounding but I still had faith that the verdict was going to go our way," Janis Gaye, Marvin's ex-wife, said of the moments just before the verdict was read. And when the jury ruled in their favor, emotion swept over the room. "That's when I lost it completely. And I was filled with incredibly powerful emotion."

While the family was just awarded $7.4 million -- and is currently seeking an injunction against the song -- that doesn't mean their legal battle is over. According to some online, Williams' 2014 mega-hit "Happy" bears a similar sound to Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar."

"I'm not going to lie. I do think they sound alike," Nona Gaye, Marvin's 40-year-old daughter, said. However, she added that she wasn't thinking about the legal implications right now. "We're not in that space."

"We're just in the moment today and we're satisfied," Janis added.

"I heard the mash-ups -- but I didn't really need to hear them," said Janis Gaye. "I know 'Ain't That Peculiar' and I've heard 'Happy.'"

"Ain't that peculiar," quipped Marvin Gaye III.

Still, the family said they weren't thinking about further legal action right now. "We're not in that space. We're just in the moment today and we're satisfied," Janis added.

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So how does the family respond to critics who say that, even though "Blurred Line" and "Got to Give It Up" have a similar feel, that doesn't mean the elements were stolen maliciously? Where is the line between theft and simply finding inspiration in music that came before your own?

"I don't think there's anything wrong with being inspired," Nona explained. "I've been inspired when I made music before. 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."

Add to it the fact that Williams reportedly wrote "Blurred Lines" in under an hour, the Gayes feel like Williams cheated his way to the finished product.

"When I first heard that he had said he did it in an hour, my first thought was, 'That's because it was already done in 1977.'" Janis said. " So why would it take you any longer than 20 minutes... to redo something that had already been done 40 years earlier?"

With this major legal battle behind them, the family has to refocus. "We didn't want to have to go through it [In the first place]," Marvin Gaye III said. "It's been a long journey so we need time to reflect... Right now it's all surreal."

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