In this particular instance, the laws that have been violated relate to copyright privileges. Specifically, copyrights are designed to protect the creators of original works and allow them to make a profit off the sale thereof. While creating derivative works from someone else’s copyright work is legal in some cases, in virtually all cases, this is only allowed for the purposes of parody: other knockoffs are not allowed.
For example, parody and satire laws governing copyright allow hip-hop artists to create “mixtapes,” albums in which they rap original lyrics over music they have taken from other artists, with the stipulation that they cannot sell these mixtapes for money. This allows up-and-coming musicians to gain free exposure even if they lack the money or technical skill to create their own music. In other cases, third-party users must obtain permission from the original copyright holder in order to use copyrighted works, and if this permission is not obtained, any use is considered a copyright violation.
Fortunately, the law provides copyright holders with a number of remedies they can use if their work has been ripped off or used without permission. These include:
Filing an injunction, which orders a copyright violator to cease using the copyright material immediately, and can be either temporary or permanent. Injunctions can be served anywhere in the country and enforced by any court that has jurisdiction over the violator in question.
Disposition and impounding of infringing articles, where a court can order the confiscation and destruction of all materials from the violator that are deemed to be in violation of copyright.
Forcing the copyright violator to pay statutory damages to the copyright holder to compensate them for any profits made due to the copyright violation and any profits the holder may have lost as a result of said violation.