The plagiarism rumors of C.N.Blue’s “I’m A Loner’ sparked up by Korean netizens who notice a vague similarity to Ynot’s “Blue Bird.” FNC Music C.N.Blue’s management squah the issue by insulting Ynot and discrediting any rumors of possible plagiarism.Which the company soon later rebuttal and apologize to Ynot for the backlash.Despite the apology Ynot leader Ju Mong stated this issue between songwriters and not bands.Then pointed out the two composers responsible for “I’m A Loner” Kim Do Hoon and Lee Sang Ho.It seems Jo Mong and the original songwriter for “Blue Bird” are willing to take this to court.Kim Do Hoon who has been silent has recently made one lengthy statement to clear his good name.
“I want to say to all of the music fans and industry professionals that I’m very regretful and sorry to cause everyone such an inconvenience. I was trying to hold back my words, but I couldn’t resist with this crisis. I want everyone to know that the reason I didn’t speak out on these allegations are not because I had nothing to say, or because I was agreeing to the allegations.”
“I debuted in 1995 and in 1998 through Jang Hye Jin’s song “To Eternity (영원으로),” I was able to obtain my first title. Since that for over 10 years I have composed about 300 songs. And out of those songs, about 90 of them were either title songs or follow up songs. Recently, when I read the articles about me, the majority of them are claiming that I made it this far as a plagiarizer. Throughout these 10 plus years, my stance on music has never changed. I have many tracks where there have been no plagiarism allegations. The point I want to make first, is that I didn’t make it this far as a plagiarizer.”
Is it me or am I having a case a deje vu? YG entertainment C.E.O Yang Hyun Suk had a lengthy statement.Clearly Kim Do Hoon isn’t some small time rookie in this business and also notice a trend among the netizens.By making cross references to other K-pop artists and songs accuse of plagiarisms.
In Davichi’s ‘8282′ there’s only a similarity in the very beginning of the song, everything after that is totally different. In Kim Jong Kook’s ‘Can’t forget’, there are no similarities in the song, only a slight similarity in the intro. If my words do not make sense, please listen to the tracks again and make a better informed decision. There are so many songs that have a similar word/portion. Even many famous American songs have songs that have the same word or similar sounding portions. If I wanted to kill myself trying to find similar songs, I would be able to find even more songs that are a lot more similar than what the netizens are uploading.”
“Beyond the current controversy surrounding ‘I’m a loner’, there have been many reports that other tracks made by me were similar and plagiarized. Moving forward, if people keep saying songs are plagiarized so easily and uploading videos of small parts that sound similar, it’s not just me but all of the other composers who will not be able to compose freely. Right now there are so many cases of plagiarism that are stirred up by netizens. These issues should be analyzed by a professional and a plagiarism case should only be determined by them. But trying to create and stir an issue using the internet without solid evidence to destroy a composer, I don’t think that’s the right thing to do.”
Seems netizens haven’t quite scared this composer.Most plagiarism are pointed out by concern fans who worried that today’s music lack authenticity.Kim Do Hoon closing statement sums up how he really feels about this on going issue.
“I really hope there won’t be anymore cases where composers are cornered into a wall, just because some people think a song is similar sounding. Finally, to all the music fans who have showed interest and love in my songs and to the industry professionals, to all of you, again, I am sorry to have worried and inconvenienced you.”
Most music listener find it difficulty to find original music these days.The industry itself is becoming so dead thanks to lazy composers who sample,steal lyrics and obsessed about trends then making good music.No legal actions have taken affect agaisnt Kim Do Hoon and Lee Sang Ho yet but just rumors of being a plagiarizer can destroy creditability.How far are Korean netizens willing to go to prove some point?Who is next to be called out?