A female Serbian singer by the name of Jelena Karleusa has been caught in a plagiarism controversy over her song, “Muskarac koji mrzi zene.”
The song was first revealed on YouTube, and fans immediately discovered that it might be a plagiarized version of SHINee’s hit, “Lucifer.” The song rearranged and divided different parts of “Lucifer”, but kept the overall melody and beat in tact, making it more like a translated version of the exact same song.
The problem lies in that the song is available for free download on the singer’s official homepage, leading many to exclaim that distributing a plagiarized song is an act damaging to the original composer.
This isn’t the first time SHINee’s songs have been plagiarized by international artists. Last August, a Cambodian group was found to have plagiarized “Ring Ding Dong,” leading SM Entertainment to step up and take action.
Netizens that viewed the video left comments such as, “We haven’t even reached a conclusion on the Cambodian plagiarism, why do people keep plagiarizing SHINee’s songs?,” “It’s exactly alike,” and “It’s almost like she’s saying, ‘Hey guys, look! I plagiarized!” A portion of the netizens also brought up the similarity between KARA’s “Lupin” to Jelena Karleusa’s “Insomnia,” leaving comments such as, “Since KARA copied her song, she’s copying SHINee’s song.”
On January 7th, regarding the controversy, SM Entertainment officials stated, “On January 6th, we confirmed with our U.S. publishers that the song is an infringement of copyright. We will be taking joint action.”
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