Kanye West, Hype Williams Accused of Plagiarism by ‘Love’ Director Gaspar Noe

Kanye West Accused of Plagiarism by
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Kanye West and Hype Williams have been accused of plagiarizing the film “Enter the Void” for their “All of the Lights” video again, this time by “Enter the Void” director Gaspar Noe.

Noe, whose edgy “Love” was just released, spoke with the Daily Beast about the similarities between his film’s title sequence and West’s 2011 music video. The director said he was not consulted by Williams or West and found out about the video when it appeared on YouTube.

“And the director (Williams) was someone else who ripped off the titles to my movie,” Noe said. “I was more shocked by the fact that that guy who copied all the typography of my titles put his name in it — Hype Williams — when you never usually see a director’s name in a music video. He was putting his name on it over and over! It was so weird that he was not only copying it, but adding his name into the credits over and over again.”

A comparison video has been put up on YouTube, showing a side-by-side look at the two sequences. Noe says he understands he was going to attract imitators with the sequence.

“The truth is that when you put something out there, if you put any idea out there that’s kind of flashy, you have many, many people that are going to be copying it,” the director said. “This happens whether you do movies, paintings or music.”

The “All of the Lights” video was eventually taken down and the title sequence was retooled, though not because of the plagiarism claims — it was out of concern that it would cause seizures.

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  1. John says:

    It’s true – the sequence was ripped off shamelessly, right after the movie came out too. Kanye is obviously inspired by pop art, and he (or Hype) probably saw this, thought it looked great (which it does), and knowing it wouldn’t hit the mainstream, copy it.

    The only surprise is that this article, and this public statement from Noe, is coming out now. This is very old news and it was obvious when it happened.

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