Yoo Heeyeol is suspected of plagiarizing again The target of Yoo Jaeseok’s “Dance Song Festival”
Controversy over plagiarism surrounding Yoo Hee-yeol, the head of the antenna and composer, has not easily subsided. Earlier, Yoo Hee-yeol admitted to plagiarism and issued an apology, but suspicions of plagiarism were raised about another song. Even a song released at MBC’s Infinite Challenge-Free Road Song Festival, which was released in 2013, was pointed out.
Yoo Hee-yeol accepted the criticism that the song “Very Private Night” released in September 2021 on the 14th plagiarized Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Aqua.” Agreeing with the similarities between the two songs, he admitted his mistake by saying, “I thought of the memories that remained in his unconsciousness as my pure creation at the time of the presentation.”
Yoo Hee-yeol expressed his remorse and apology and also revealed his follow-up measures. It seemed to end like this.
However, after Yoo Hee-yeol’s apology was released, there was a backlash among some musicians that it was “too late to admit.” Some people have already pointed out the problem since Yoo Hee-yeol’s song was released. Nevertheless, Yoo Hee-yeol insisted that he acquiesced and tried to pass it over.
Earlier, Yoo Hee-yeol said in an apology, “You told me the similarity a few weeks ago in YouTube comments, but I’ll tell you that there was a misunderstanding and ask for a broad understanding of the omission due to the antenna’s response,” and drew a line on the suspicion of plagiarism that has been raised since last year.
After Yoo Hee-yeol’s apology was released, mixed public opinion was formed. While there are people who look at Yoo Hee-yeol’s response positively, those who raise suspicions of further plagiarism moved.
It is pointed out that the “Time I Turn On” released in the same context as Yoo Hee-yeol’s song “Very Private Night,” which admitted plagiarism, is similar to Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “1900” again this time. “1900” is a music by Enio Morricone inserted into the movie “1900”, but it was arranged and released by Ryuichi Sakamoto on the piano.
Junjo, who introduced himself as a piano composer, said on his YouTube channel, “Composer Yoo Hee-yeol seems to have released the work as if it were his song without mentioning the original author (Mori Kone) or arranger (Sakamoto), adding, “The similarity is too strong to be seen as additional plagiarism.” Of course, it’s up to the listeners to judge.”
Not only that, MBC’s “Infinite Challenge – Let’s Go Free” aired in 2013″Please Don’t Go My Girl” (feat. Kim Jo-han), which was announced as “Je,” was also embroiled in allegations of plagiarism. Yoo Hee-yeol formed the group How Do You Do with Yoo Jae-seok and released an R&B song with Kim Jo-han. However, some pointed out that the song is similar to the group public announcement’s “Body Bumpin.”
YouTuber Value, who pointed out the similarity between the two songs, compared the two scenes, saying, “Yoo Hee-yeol showed the choreography in ‘Infinite Challenge’, and the choreography was consistent.” Although it did not lead to the actual stage choreography, the choreography shown by Yoo Hee-yeol was very similar to the choreography of public announcement. The composition of the released “Please Don’t Go My Girl (Feat. Kim Jo-han)” was written by Yoo Hee-yeol, and the arrangement was written by Yoo Hee-yeol and Song Sung-kyung.
The YouTuber said, “I don’t know if it’s plagiarism or not. It is only questionable in the context of the postwar situation. Yoo Hee-yeol once appeared on “SNL” and satirized about plagiarism. However, he became the subject of plagiarism. It’s not just an apology, but we need to think more deeply.
“In fact, it’s hard to talk about plagiarism. The criteria are ambiguous. When I work on the reference, I can’t organize how far the problem is and how far it is allowed,” he said, expressing regret.
Yoo Hee-yeol was suspected of plagiarizing the piano performance and the song released in “Infinite Challenge.” He admitted to plagiarizing one song, but it remains to be seen how Yoo Hee-yeol will react afterwards.