simply lifting a recognisable chunk of someone else’s work is woefully unimaginative.
I see that as narrow minded(and wrong);
It rules out recontextualization, irony, parody, satire, as a form of creativity, when in fact creativity should never be bound.
For example, Tom Waits uses 'The Bridal March' (theme from Richard Wagner's Bridal Chorus) verbatim at the end of his track 'Better off Without a Wife'
He's not being "so unimaginative that he needs to steal the work of Richard Wagner"
He's recontextualizing the material as part of his own creative expression, in this instance satirically, and with the in-studio audience audibly laughing along to his inclusion of it (finding it's context comical).