An Australian production company has accused One Direction of copying elements from Melbourne band Clubfeet’s video for “Everything You Wanted”.
Production company Oh Yeah Wow, who produced “Everything You Wanted”, have claimed One Direction’s new video for “You & I” plagiarises their Clubfeet video.
The similarities take place 2.50 minutes into One Direction’s new video, which sees the boys jump into freeze-frame images of themselves.
Oh Yeah Wow wrote on its Facebook page that it was “somewhat fed up with plagiarism” and urged fans to tweet about the alleged copycat video with the hashtag “#nodirection”.
In a statement on its website, the company production said it had “nothing against creative evolution” but was unhappy about the “wider problem of plagiarism and copycatting” that was becoming “increasingly common and acceptable”.
Oh Yeah Wow said it was rallying support for its cause because “the last thing we want is a generation of kids labelling our Clubfeet video a One Direction rip off in years to come”.
It said: “To be crystal clear, OYW has nothing against creative evolution. 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.
“The wider problem is, that 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?
“It is for this very reason we have decided (this time) to rally some support- for the last thing we want is a generation of kids labelling our Clubfeet video a One Direction rip off in years to come. Be sure to use the hashtag #nodirection and link to this article.”