Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

One Direction caught in copycat row

One Direction have been accused of stealing influences from an Australian band's music video

One Direction have been accused of copying ideas from a video by Australian band Clubfeet.

Australian production company Oh Yeah Wow, who made the video for Clubfeet's track Everything You Wanted, pointed out similarities between the two after the British boyband's video was released, and dubbed the group "No Direction".

1D's video for their new single You And I, which is directed by Ben Winston and made by production company Fulwell 73, sees the fivesome - Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson - "freeze" on screen before they merge into their frozen image and continue moving - a special effect which Oh Yeah Wow say they created.

Oh Yeah Wow said on Facebook: "As you may already know, those money machines One Direction and the sneaky chimps at Fulwell 73 Productions have decided to rip off our music video for Clubfeet. We here at Oh Yeah Wow have become somewhat fed up with plagiarism and as such, have decided to write about it."

They continued: "It seems that the chaps of One Direction have taken it upon themselves to regurgitate our original concept, as seen in our award-winning clip for Clubfeet's Everything You Wanted.

"Don't get us wrong, we here at Oh Yeah Wow are big One Direction fans and are envious of their ability to maintain flawless hairdos. The wider problem is, that plagiarism and copycatting is becoming increasingly common and acceptable."

The company, who have also worked with Gotye, added: "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. "

Oh Yeah Wow's Seamus Spilsbury said One Direction haven't been in touch, although some of their fans have.

He told Australia's Courier Mail: "We haven't heard any word from the band... We have had a few emails from fans though, some voicing their anger and others that are supporting us."

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