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Friday, 25 April 2014
One Direction accused of plagiarism for the video of 'You & I' - really?
Did they or didn't they? That is the big question at the
moment. Pop boy-band One Direction (also known as 1D) has been accused by
Australian production company Oh Yeah Wow that the music video for the 1D song
'You & I' are very similar to a video that Oh Yeah Wow shot with the Ozzie
& Cape Town five piece synthpop band, Clubfeet, for their song 'Everything
You Wanted'. According to Entertainment Weekly, Australia’s Oh Yeah Wow claims
the video is suspiciously similar to one the company created for Melbourne
synthpop act Clubfeet. In the video, the five guys morph into each other as
they walk along a deserted oceanfront pier. Toward the end of the video, the
quintet, now together as a group and in separate bodies, pull off a stunt in
which they meet up with their own bodies, which are posed along the pier in
different stances. According to radio.com, the Clubfeet video takes a slightly
different approach in terms of location, but the facet of meeting up with one’s
body is widely explored throughout the video and is pulled off in a similar
style, with the camera rolling along in front of them as the effect is displayed.
In a statement, Oh Yeah Wow addressed the similarities. “It seems that the
chaps of One Direction have taken it upon themselves to regurgitate our
original concept, as seen in our award-winning clip for Clubfeet’s ‘Everything
You Wanted,’” the statement reads. “Don’t get us wrong, we here at Oh Yeah Wow
are big One Direction fans and are envious of their ability to maintain
flawless hairdos. To be crystal clear, OYW has nothing against creative
evolution. Artists constantly reinterpret other works that have inspired them
and we’re fine with people taking a technique and using it to create something
new…The wider problem is, that plagiarism and copycatting is becoming
increasingly common and acceptable." See below the two versions and decide for yourself...