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November 16, 2009

Music plagiarism

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 1:55 am


– Plagiarism : The practice of using or copying someone else’s idea or work and pretending that you thought of it or created it.
– Suspicion : A belief or feeling that someone has committed a crime or done something wrong.
– Release : When an entertainer or company releases a new CD, video, or film, it becomes available so that people can buy it or see it.
– Accuse : If you are accused of a crime, a witness or someone in authority states or claims that you did it, and you may be formally charged with it and put on trial.
– Controversial : The subject of intense public argument, disagreement, or disapproval.
– File : If you file a formal or legal accusation, complaint, or request, you make it officially.
– Alleged : An alleged fact has been stated but has not been proved to be true.


Music plagiarism is a big issue in South Korea. Music plagiarism means copying someone’s music and not giving credit to the original artist. For example, sampling can be legal if credit is given to the original artist. But if not, it is plagiarism. Music plagiarism is pervasive, but not enough is being done to stop it.
Suspicion of music plagiarism can obstruct the singer’s activity. Such examples are too many to enumerate. [1] In February 2006, Lee Hyo-lee released her album, Dark Angel. However, there was suspicion of plagiarism in her title song “Get Ya”. So the songwriters of Britney Spears’ single “Do somethin'” accused the “Get Ya” songwriters of plagiarism. Finally, many people have a antipathy to her, and her album was not successful.

Lee hyo-lee and Britney

Also, the most recent G-dragon’s album “Heartbreaker” was accused of plagiarism. [2] G-Dragon who is leader of the Korea popular boy band Big-Bang, released his controversial first solo album in August 2009. But many music observers have pointed out that parts of the title song “Heartbreaker” are similar to Flo-Rida’s “Right Round”. Also, many bloggers say the similarity between his other song “Butterfly” and the 1995 song “She’s Electric” by British rock band Oasis. [3] Sony ATV Music Publishing, a company specializing in the management of music copyright, is preparing to file lawsuits against YG Entertainment over alleged plagiarism of YG’s four songs including “Heartbreaker,” the latest hit sung by Him. YG Entertainment officially said, “There was no plagiarizing”. But, His image has been dealt a severe low with these latest plagiarism allegations.


heartbreaker music video



Discussion Questions:

1) Do you think that “heartbreaker” and “Butterfly” are plagiarism? Why, or why not?

–> Do you think that “Hearbreaker” or “Butterfly” were plagiarised?
Why or why not?

2) What do you think about the music plagiarism standards?

–> Do you think it’s too easy to accuse someone of plagiarism? Or do you think it’s too difficult? Why do you think so?

If someone plagiarises, how should they be punished? Why?

3) Do you know the song that has similarity among others?

–> Do you know any songs that are similar to other songs?
What are they?

Class #102, Group #2
Group members : Choi Da-jung, Choi Da-hye, Han duck-won


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