Oh Yeah Wow say 'X Factor' boy band have 'regurgitated' video they made with Clubfeet
One Direction have been accused of plagiarism over the video for new single ‘You & I.’
The band revealed the video for the single, the latest to be taken from their ‘Midnight Memories’ album, on April 18. At the time of writing it already has over 13million views. However, Australian production company Oh Yeah Wow have openly accused the band and director Ben Winston of “regurgitating” a video they shot with duo Clubfeet for their song ‘Everything You Wanted’ in January 2013. Scroll down to compare both videos.
Writing a post titled ‘No Direction’ on their blog, Oh Yeah Wow claim that the third act of One Direction’s video copies the video they produced, specifically a technique in which members of the band jump into freeze frame shots of themselves.
The company state that they are angry that “some affluent young bucks, and a director devoid of creativity, decide to effectively steal (and subsequently dilute) our idea”.
Oh Yeah Wow also created the video for Gotye‘s ‘Easy Way Out’, and they point out that there is a difference between copying and inspiration: “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 – our clip for Gotye was loosely based on the genius short film Tango by Zbigniew Rybczynski, for example.”
This is not the first time One Direction have been accused of plagiarism. Last year The Who‘s Pete Townshend was forced to deny claims that his band wanted the ‘X Factor’ act to withdraw their new track ‘Best Song Ever’ over similarities to classic track ‘Baba O’Riley’ pointed out by fans of The Who.
Meanwhile, Def Leppard also decided against taking legal action despite members Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell admitting in 2013 that One Direction song ‘Midnight Memories’ was “very similar in structure” to their own ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me.’