TORONTO — An Australian production company is slamming the latest music video from UK boy band One Direction, claiming it’s a rip-off of a video it created more than a year ago.
“You can … understand the annoyance we might feel when some affluent young bucks and a director devoid of creativity, decide to effectively steal (and subsequently dilute) our idea,” reads a statement on the website for Oh Yeah Wow.
Oh Yeah Wow said the latter third of One Direction’s “You & I” is strikingly similar to Clubfeet’s “Everything You Wanted.”
The One Direction video was created by London-based Fulwell 73 and directed by Ben Winston.
In its statement, Oh Yeah Wow conceded the concept for the video has been borrowed by other acts and insisted it is not opposed to “creative evolution.”
But, it added: “Plagiarism and copycatting is becoming increasingly common and acceptable. When did we, society, become so complacent as to allow this kind of behaviour to become normal practice in the media industry.”
Late last year, One Direction faced accusations its song “Midnight Memories” was a rip-off of Def Leppard’s 1987 hit “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”
Although turning to social media to build support — it wants fans to tweet messages to Fulwell 73, Winston and the members of One Direction — the company does not appear to be taking the situation too seriously.
“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.”
WATCH BELOW: Does the third act of “You & I” (starting around the 2:50 mark) borrow too heavily from “Everything You Wanted”?
“You & I” by One Direction
“Everything You Wanted” by Clubfeet
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