On Integrity in Creativity

As I expand and explore the creative world of art, illustration, and graphic design, I realize so much more the horrible cost a rip-off product or using uncredited inspiration or source material can have on its original creator. So many times, especially recently, huge corporations (ie. Zara, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Cody Foster to name a few) have come under fire for directly stealing the work of smaller, independent artists and designers, and selling them in mass amounts, making bank on someone else's idea.