BTS label Big Hit Music said in a statement Thursday that butter does not infringe any copyrights.
“It remains unchanged that the right to the music belongs to Butter,” said the company, admitting it is aware of claims that the song’s intro could be plagiarized.
“The song was finalized and released after all copyright holders confirmed that there were no problems with the song,” the brief statement said.
Speculation has surfaced on the internet that the intro of the song is similar to the soundtrack of the 1992 Konami game Monster in My Pocket.
Kozo Nakamura, one of the songwriters on the theme song, wrote on his blog that he was surprised to see an article about the claims. He admitted he knew BTS but not the song, listened to it after reading the article but said the similar melody was random. Quoting the article that said the original songwriter claimed it wasn’t sampling but the beats were almost identical, Nakamura added that he hadn’t said that and wondered who was making the claim.
Luca Debonaire, a Dutch musician, also claimed that Butter’s chorus is similar to his 2020 song You Got Me Down. He said he bought the top line for his song from Sebastian Garcia, who is considered one of Butter’s songwriters. – The Korea Herald / Asia News Network