Copyright is the exclusive legal right given to a person to print, publish, perform, film or record literary, artistic or musical material and authorize others to do the same. Copyright exists because it is suppose to help people make money off of their creativity. I think people on the web don’t really think about copyright law or even really know what it is about. people share and remix tons of media and information on the web everyday. Fair use allows someone to use the work of a copyrighted work without permission. There are limits to fair use and only a court can have the final decision.
A recent and highly anticipated trial involving Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has gone to court. Marvin Gaye’s family was trying to prove that the song “Blurred Lines” was ripped off of R7B singer Marvin Gaye’s hit “Got to Give it up.
In the trial Gaye’s family played the vocals of “Got to Give it Up” over Thicks’s song to prove that “Blurred Lines” directly infringed upon Gaye’s song. The verdict was reached and Thicke and Williams were forced to pay $4 million in copyright damages.