YouTuber who accused Yoo Hee Yeol of plagiarism reacts to IU’s controversy
Amidst the allegations of plagiarism against IU, a YouTuber’s claims are gaining attention.
YouTuber Gachi, who previously raised suspicions of plagiarism against composer Yoo Hee Yeol, is known to be involved in the music industry. He takes the position that IU’s plagiarism allegations are “unbelievable.”
On May 11th, a video about IU’s plagiarism allegation was posted to the channel “Gachi KPOP.”’
Gachi KPOP differentiated and explained why IU’s controversy is unreasonable from a musical perspective and discussed the incident.
The accused IU’s songs in the plagiarism allegations are “The Red Shoes”, “Good Day”, “BBIBBI”, “Pitiful”, “Boo”, and “Celebrity”.
Gachi pointed out, “In the case of ‘BBIBBI’ and ‘Pitiful,’ the atmosphere, choreography, and styling of the songs are similar. So, is it about using what existed or creating something new? In ‘Pitiful,’ they found overlapping notes with Nell’s melody, even in one or two lines. It’s like playing the same picture-finding game.“
Regarding the other songs, Gachi explained that there are similarities, but it can be considered within the realm of reference. They stated that the issue is not with references themselves.
Gachi said, “‘Boo’ has a similar progression as the previous song. I think I brought up that part as well. But this part can be considered within the realm of reference.“
Gachi added that Yoo Hee Yeol also made references, but the reason it became a plagiarism controversy is because Yoo Hee Yeol stated, “I didn’t make any references.” Furthermore, Gachi mentioned that although there are problems with “The Red Shoes”, “Good Day”, and “Celebrity”, they are not seen as issues among composers.
Gachi argued, “If you make references, it’s fine up to the chords, but making the melody so similar is risky. I think there’s a problem with ‘Good Day’ because even the progression of the melody is similar.“
However, Gachi said that if there is a truly absurd reason for this case, “IU participated in the composition only for ‘Celebrity.’ In this song, in addition to IU, five other people were involved in the composition, and there was a separate overall composer in charge.”
Gachi stated that the responsibility should be questioned more towards the overall composer rather than IU, who is a singer and a victim who received a problematic song.
Gachi further pointed out, “IU is in the position of buying and singing the song. It’s ridiculous to ask the victimized singer, who received a problematic song, to take a stand. Why are they blaming IU for this responsibility?“
Finally, Gachi speculated, “It feels like the accusation is progressing with IU fixed as the target. I feel like the lawyer found a logic that allows them to file a lawsuit against that target.”