From celebrities to the average person – how plagiarism affects everyone

The issue of plagiarism has been in the headlines recently following the recent trial involving the musicians Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, who were accused of plagiarising a 1977 Marvin Gaye song in their 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines”. This week, a federal jury in California ruled that “Blurred Lines” had plagiarised the Gaye song “Got to Give it up” and ordered a $7.4 million payout to Gaye’s family. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the jury heard testimony from musicologists on the signature phrases, hook, [...]