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Lee Seung Gi’s “Let’s Break Up” under plagiarism controvery

October 28, 2009


Lee Seung Gi‘s title song “Let’s Break Up” [우리 헤어지자], from his new album, Shadow, is under attack for plagiarism. Sung Hwan, the composer for Tim‘s 2007 song, “A hurt ankle” [발목을 다쳐서] has filed a lawsuit against the writers of “Let’s Break Up”, Kim Do Hoon and Lee Hyun Seung.  (“A Hurt Ankle” was the OST for drama How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor.)

Sung Hwan claims that more than 4 measures of the song, including the chorus, is similar enough to warrant the plagiarism lawsuit. The 2 composers of “Let’s Break Up” have dismissed the case, “How could we plagiarize a song that we don’t even know. And if we did plagiarize the song, why would we need to collaborate and make it into a title song for a top singer.”

I’m not that familiar with the Korean music laws or what kind of response the public will have. I don’t think Seung Gi will have too much backlash, with his current stardom.  I did watch How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor, and don’t recall Tim’s song.  (And I’m a fan of Tim.)

Tim and Lee Seung Gi have similar type of ballad-y songs that it could sound very similar. I do think that the beginning parts of the chorus basically sound the same. Here are the 2 songs. What do you think?

Lee Seung Gi:  LET’S BREAK UP [우리 헤어지자]

Tim:  A HURT ANKLE  [발목을 다쳐서]

Via Hankooki

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Just2Cent permalink
    October 28, 2009 6:23 pm

    Just a little, I think. Wah, this matter will tarnish his name a bit.

  2. atd permalink
    October 29, 2009 12:49 am

    Doesn’t matter. Both songs are whack.

  3. purple1n2d permalink
    October 29, 2009 4:02 am

    Nah, I dont think so bcos Seung Gi didnt write the song. Not his fault. He just sings what is given to him.

  4. Rocksteady permalink
    October 30, 2009 12:04 am

    Aish…pity Seunggi. But Korean songs tend to sound alike wif some other song aniwey (same goes for songs all over the world). They ought to define wad exactly they view as plagiarism. I mean, its music….chords tend to be the same. Unless its taken wholesale n sounds exactly the same, then yes, that ought to be a case of plagiarism. It’s music, why cant they juz enjoy it!?

  5. 1n2dfansubs permalink
    October 30, 2009 12:04 am

    Dw4P: it’s more complicated than it appears because Seung Gi as well as Kim Do Hoon have been involved in similar controversies in the past. Under the old Korean copyright laws, you only need to ID 2 similar measures to make a case. The laws have changed since.

    Let’s Break Up composers do have a point. Shadow was one of the more highly anticipated comeback albums of the year so the song would have been under heavy scrutiny. I have to admit that the chorus of both are similar.

    Anyway, LSGi will come out with a Repackage Album for Shadow in November.

  6. catonmat permalink
    October 30, 2009 3:50 am

    I hope everthing will be alright for SGi .Love LBU song Very much .


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