Ryuichi Sakamoto Defends Singer-Songwriter + Won’t Take Legal Action

Yoo Hee Yeol recently suffered allegations that he plagiarized Ryuichi Sakamotothe song.

Since the fall of last year, Yoo Hee Yeol has been constantly releasing piano accompaniments as part of her Yoo Hee Yeol Life Music project.

But his recent A most private evening was criticized due to its similarities to that of Ryuichi Sakamoto Aqua. After apologizing, he pledged to process appropriate credit and songwriting rights with the Japanese musician.

A week later, the Japanese musician himself addressed the issue and defended the Korean singer-songwriter.

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Yoo Hee Yeol did not plagiarize Ryuichi Sakamoto

The Korea Times shared the statement from Ryuichi Sakamoto’s agency It Music Creative, which is responsible for his projects in South Korea.

According to the Japanese musician, he recognized Yoo Hee Yeol’s respect for his songwriting. But like the Korean artist, Ryuichi Sakamoto revealed that he also has obvious influences from Bach and Debussy but still doesn’t put himself on the same level as the legendary musicians.

“All creation is influenced by the existing arts (the public domain). It would be great and appreciated if you could put 5-10% of your originality into it. I always do my best to increase my percentage of originality on every piece of music I create, which is a challenge. But it makes the art beautiful, I think,” he said.

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Fans, however, told him that Yoo Hee Yeol was guilty of plagiarism because he allegedly copied his 1900 create It’s time to light up.

While Antenna claimed the singer had never heard the music before, Ryuichi Sakamoto urged the audience to stop the comparison as he doesn’t want the problem to get any worse.

Despite the recent defense, music fans are still calling him out for allegedly copying another Japanese musician’s song.

Fans say Yoo Hee Yeol also copied Koji Tamaki

After the Ryuichi Sakamoto issue surfaced, fans also noticed the similarities between Sung Si Kyung. Happy birthday to you and Koji Tamaki’s song with the same title.

Yoo Hee Yeol wrote, composed and produced the track. He also registered it under his name with the Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA).

Yoo Hee Yeol and her agency have yet to release a new statement regarding the latest issue.

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