VIXX’s Ravi has sent a message to those who copy his and his group’s work after a new case of apparent plagiarism has come to light.
On May 21, Ravi took to Twitter to post a series of tweets that address the issue of plagiarism and the attitude that creators take when they are inspired by other works. His message is as follows:
“The phrase ‘I want to become a trend’ does not mean I’m telling others to take my music and copy it, and to disregard and hurt our fans.
“When making music, there is a clear difference between being influenced by something by using it as a reference and simply pasting it in. There is also a difference between being bold and being shameless.
“As a creator, it is possible that one might make mistakes, and it is possible that one might take pride in their work. However, I think that there is a big difference based on what one says. I am incredibly repulsed by the actions of those who disregard and hurt my fans, who love and support me and my music.
“In regards to ‘plagiarism’ and such, rather than fighting over whether it’s true or not, I had been thinking positively about this by thinking ‘Ah, so we influenced someone,’ because we also receive inspiration from others.
“I hope that everyone who is influenced by our content and creates something will think wisely, and I hope that they will not do things that are harmful to us and our fans.”
Ravi appears to be addressing the recent controversy over similarities that fans have pointed out between a new OST for the Chinese film “Father and Son” and VIXX sub-unit VIXX LR’s 2015 track “Beautiful Liar,” which Ravi co-composed. Fans have highlighted the similarities through videos such as this one on Weibo, in which the two songs are played simultaneously.
Although this is the most recent incidence, there have been a sad number of cases recently in which artists have released works that have been influenced by VIXX without proper credit. Those cases include two songs that were released this year by non-Korean artists that many listeners noticed sounded very similar to VIXX’s “Dynamite.”