BTS has immensely grown as one of the leading K-Pop groups in the music industry. Not just for music, but their concepts, fashion, lyrics, and great chemistry continue to seek fans’ attention from all across the globe. While they have continued to bring something new for their fans(ARMY), there are times when the group had to face claims about plagiarising someone else’s work.
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Back in late 2018, the popular K-Pop male group faced plagiarism claims for some of the scenes of their Blood Sweat & Tears music video which has amassed over 900 million views on Youtube.
BTS Accused of Plagiarizing a French Artist’s Work in Their Music Video
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Back in 2018, a French photographer, Bernard Faucon was involved in accusing the global K-Pop boy group sensation, BTS of copyright infringement due to the similarities found in their works. As per the reports, the boy band was accused of copying the background and production structure of the latter’s work from the 1978 series Summer Camp which also included The Banquet artwork.
The photographer claimed that the music video of their 2016 song, Blood Sweat & Tears was similar to or a close replica of his work which included mannequins, background images, and other elements used in the MV. He even accused the group of taking inspiration for their album’s title from his filming project The Most Beautiful Day of My Youth.
The artist’s agency issued two statements to the group’s agency, Big Hit Entertainment to issue an apology and compensation for his claims. However, the agency hit back twofold! Soon after their actions, the artist totally went back on his words.
Bernard Faucon Went Back on His Claims!
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Soon after the artist asked for an apology from the popular K-Pop group, the latter’s agency claimed that the photos and clips from his artwork were different. In addition to that, he himself claimed of having his artwork commonly used in filming hence they were not subjected to legal protection.
Even the rapper of the group, Suga addressed those accusations stating,
“The plagiarism issue is being handled by the company’s legal team. Our position is the same as the company’s. We’ll know when the results come out.”
After the company’s feedback regarding those accusations, the artist issued a statement clarifying,
“I consider this probable inspiration from my work as a tribute, and certainly not as plagiarism or copyright infringement.”
Faucon further shared his “love” for the group and added that their album is also “beautiful.” He went on to add that his photographs are still inspiring young artists of this generation even after 40 years. While many speculated different reasons for the change in his statement, it eventually ended on a positive note.
Source: Yonhap News Agency via Naver