File photo of IU | Image: IU/Instagram
K-pop soloist IU was accused of plagiarism. The idol and actress was accused by an individual identified as Person A, who claimed that six of IU's songs had plagiarised music from Western and domestic artists. Now, she has been cleared of the accusations after an investigation conducted by a relevant agency.
3 things you need to know
IU's agency EDAM Entertainment issued a statement and shared that the allegations against the K-pop idol have been dismissed. Person A's complaint alleged copyright violations for six of IU's songs - Red Shoes, Good Day, BBIBBI, Pitiful, Boo and Celebrity. IU composed and produced some of these songs. However, the investigating agency found that none of these songs violated copyright laws.
Under copyright law, for infringement, a work must be substantially similar to another artist's existing work. In IU's case, the agency clarified that she did not compose five of the songs accused of being plagiarised. Regarding the sixth song, IU did not contribute to the specific segment that the accuser claimed was plagiarised.
In response to the plagiarism allegations and the subsequent spread of false rumors online, IU's agency, EDAM Entertainment, announced in August that they will take legal action against malicious posts and false rumors circulating on the internet. With the investigating agency's dismissal of the accusations, IU has been cleared of any wrongdoing.