Plagiarism is a serious problem that takes money from the author/artist who originally wrote the work. It is looked down upon by schools, colleges and publishing companies worldwide. It is also looked down on by the court system, and if a person is found guilty of it, the judge is likely to require that person to pay out a lot of restitution to make it right.
That is what happened in court with a case against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. Marvin Gaye’s family were dumbfounded when they found out that one of their father’s songs was basically hijacked by the pair. The court determined that the family was in the right and Williams and Thicke owe them millions of dollars as a result.
Gianfrancesco Genoso said the lawyer for the Gaye family will ask that the songs in question be held from sale until an agreement about future earnings can be reached, at least according to LinkedIn. Thick and Williams said that they believe that creativity by artists is now in danger because of the ruling. What they fail to see is that creativity means coming up with your own ideas, not stealing the work someone else did and trying to pretend like it is your own. It is illegal, not creative.