Chris Brown has come under fire for allegedly plagiarising content of his latest music video, ‘Wobble Up’ featuring G-Easy and Nicki Minaj.
Ttwo artists claim it rips directly from their work without compensation or credit.
The video, co-directed by Brown and frequent collaborator Arrad, is a hyper-sexualised journey through a tropical world.
According to artist Marius Sperlich, it directly rips off two of his works shared online last October and August, which transform nipples into washing machine dials and bums into Island beaches.
Marius posted video evidence of the rip off on his Instagram, noting that he would not stay silent.
He wrote: “Apparently my work got copied by the director who made the new @chrisbrownofficial@nickiminaj @g_eazy music video “Wobble Up” – without permission, without credit – along with works of other famous artists like @tonyfutura and @vanessamckeo“
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Apparently my work got copied by the director who made the new @chrisbrownofficial @nickiminaj @g_eazy music video “Wobble Up” – without permission, without credit – along with works of other famous artists like @tonyfutura and @vanessamckeown #changeindustry For reference: A concept of @tonyfutura got copied, too. (Last two pictures) Intellectual Property has to be protected at any cost! Now that the internet and social media proliferate content instantly. We need to make sure that the creative source is present from first launch. This unfortunately happens offers in the creative industry. Nowadays its very easy to copy things. For many the internet is just an open source of concepts, ideas and free content. Nobody cares about creation, originals and credit anymore. Especially if you are a young and an emerging artist….most cant afford a lawyer for a lawsuit. So most of them remain silent – We won’t stay silent. Thanks for your help.
As the story has gained traction, Purlich has provided two updates. He reminds people that it’s likely the artists involved weren’t across the art direction, and that critics should “stay friendly please”, and then that he has contacted the video’s production company directly.
Brown’s team has, as of publication, not publicly commented on the allegations.
By Oluwatoyin Adeleye