December 6, 2022

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Found Plagiarism by Japanese Musicians, Yoo Hee Yeol CEO Antenna Apologizes

The well-known producer and CEO of the entertainment agency Antenna apologized for accidentally plagiarizing the work of a Japanese musician, Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Summarize from Koreaboo on Wednesday (15/6/2022), Yo Hee Yeol expressed his official apology for accidentally plagiarizing the work of Japanese musician, Ryuichi Sakamoto.

On Tuesday (14/6/2022), Yoo Hee Yeol uploaded his apology letter through the official Instagram account Antenna @antenna_official. The following is an apology letter from Yoo Hee Yeol.

First of all, I want to apologize.

Since last year, I have been releasing music works through piano playing under the project ‘Yoo Hee Yeol’s Life Music’.

On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, I received feedback about the second track entitled ‘Very Personal’ sounding similar to Ryuichi Sakamoto’s work entitled ‘Aqua’.

After doing a review, I admit the main theme of the two songs is very similar.

Ryuichi Sakamoto is a musician who has had a lot of influence on me over a long period of time.

I subconsciously used my memory to write a song, and released it thinking that the song was my own creation, but the resemblance is inevitable.

I apologize for being careless, and upsetting a lot of people. I also apologize to Ryuichi Sakamoto and his fans. I’m also a fan of Ryuichi Sakamoto, and knowing that his health isn’t that great makes me sad.

However, the post on Instagram stating that there was a comment on the YouTube channel showing the similarities between my song and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s work has been deleted by Antenna is not true.

I ask for your understanding all. For those of you who sent emails about the song similarity that happened, I apologize for not opening it.

I will be more careful going forward, and thank you for reminding me so something like this doesn’t happen again in the future.

The release of my album has been postponed, and we will be contacting Ryuichi Sakamoto’s side to discuss credit matters as well as royalties. For those who have pre-ordered the album, will receive more info.

I also apologize to the staff for causing the album release delay due to my personal fault. I also apologize to all the fans who have been waiting for my album.


Yoo Hee Yeol.”

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