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.