After a lengthy lawsuit, Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit “Blurred lines” has been found to infringe the copyright of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 “Got to give it up”, plagiarising the earlier work without attribution or permission.
The breach of copyright cost £7.3 million in fines, profits and damages in a serious reminder to all that plagiarism is not just something that lecturers worry students about but an act of copyright infringement with real consequences in the wider world.
Plagiarism is easily avoided at university by citing all your sources in the text and including them in your references list. Library staff are here to help you reference your work accurately and completely.
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