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Cube Ent. criticized for allegedly plagiarizing Troye Sivan's album cover for BTOB Changsub's 1st solo album

By yckim124   Tuesday, April 25, 2017   57,796   1,823   0



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Cube Entertainment is stirred up in a plagiarism controversy. 

BTOB's Changsub is getting ready to make his solo debut, and for his 1st solo album 'At The End', Cube Entertainment started teasing with an album jacket. Unfortunately, many are finding his album jacket problematic as it is similar to the one by Australian singer and songwriter Troye Sivan

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It's claimed that the cover's design is too similar to Troye Sivan's 'TRXYE'. Netizens commented, "Is Cube stupid? Why did they plagiarize? Hurry and give feedback, Cube. Don't make Changsub receive criticism", "Oh my gosh, Cube. I'm a fan and it looks exactly the same to me too so hurry and give feedback."

Take a look at the controversial album jacket below along with Troye Sivan's 'TRXYE.' What are your thoughts?

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mind_blown Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cube you had one job

bigbangslayer Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I used to think highly of Cube entertainment a few years ago, but the way they promote their artists... It is obvious plagiarism, and it even looks like some efforts were made for it to look different so nobody could tell. It is Changsub's comeback ; if someone was to get criticized, it would be him when he clearly has nothing to do with it. He has an amazing voice and personnality, he deserves to succeed but when his own entertainment is getting in his way, it gets really annoying

c2J Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Very similar indeed

yennyikonbb Wednesday, April 26, 2017

At least the song wasn't plagiarized

lizrosee Wednesday, April 26, 2017

yikes...its so similar...

midnightbee Wednesday, April 26, 2017

when I first saw the picture, I knew I saw it somewhere. It is obvious copycat, but I don't how the severity of it. I seriously am in love with all Troye Sivan's songs, can't believe seeing him here in a Kpop site.

ygdragon08 Wednesday, April 26, 2017

There is the word "INTERTEXTUALITY" guys. I'm glad I didn't sleep  on my English class this semester. I'm not a fan of BTOB and doesn't even know its member except Sungjae, but there is enough differences that make it clear from plagiarism.

4EverlastingMINE ygdragon08 Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Your English class is obviously not helping you understand plagiarism in the creative industry. Even then in academia, if you're writing a paper and take someone's ideas and words and change it up as your own without citing it, it's still plagiarism. You're paraphrasing and still need to give credit. Same idea here - changing a few elements doesn't make it not plagiarism. This is not intertextuality; the whole collective package and conceptualization of the album art is 100% the same, and the guy a few comments down explains everything perfectly well.

ygdragon08 4EverlastingMINE Thursday, April 27, 2017

No, it's really helpful. I have learned that there is no original in this world. Everything is the product of enhancement of the previous ones. And according to Wikipedia, intertextuality does not require citing or referencing punctuation (such as quotation marks) and is often mistaken for plagiarism (Ivanic, 1998). Intertextuality can be produced especially texts using a variety of functions including allusion, quotation and referencing (Hebel, 1989). However, intertextuality is not always intentional and can be utilised inadvertently. As philosopher William Irwin wrote, the term "has come to have almost as many meanings as users, from those faithful to Julia Kristeva's original vision to those who simply use it as a stylish way of talking about allusion and influence".

4EverlastingMINE ygdragon08 Thursday, April 27, 2017

My paraphrasing reference was an analogy for creative plagiarism lol, not about intertextuality. And you can't use intertextuality to defend yourself for plagiarizing your English paper, just like how you can't use it here to defend the creative plagiarism going on. Because one literary device you learned from English class is definitely not stopping copyright laws from existing lol. Yes, there is no original and everything's done already. But it's the collective package of design elements: from conceptualization to composition, all of which in the above is 100% ripped off. Tweaking a few things here and there doesn't stop it from being plagiarism, only to trick the gullible mass into thinking it's not.

4EverlastingMINE ygdragon08 Thursday, April 27, 2017

I can go into detail about how every aspect is ripped but the comment down below sums it up pretty much. For your reference, you can look at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic logo being plagiarized. The logos look just as "different" as the album arts here, and you are guaranteed to use the same arguments there. But the fact is, they got sued and they had to pull their logo and no amount of intertextuality is stopping that.

ygdragon08 4EverlastingMINE Thursday, April 27, 2017

Uhm. Okay. I surrender. *white flag waving* Didn't know they got sued. Poor Changsub. >o<, missing my teacher, hays, I know she will agree with me regarding this one. Sayonara.

crazyBTOB Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fans (melody) worried cuz Changsub got this album cover for his first solo. And we're not defending Cube. Hoping for Changsub doesn't get hate because of this, since it's not his fault... 

myname_isaac Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WOW cant believe fans are denying the obvious. Please dont be so deluded and general about this. Its very obvious that this is plagiarism.

SoNastySuckDik Wednesday, April 26, 2017

wow.... seriously... i always see dipshits in the comments defending plagiarism but this one is way too obvious and yall are still defending it?? and with basic ass excuses like you can't copyright this or that, or everyone recycles shit anyways?? Yes you can't just copyright generic elements like a brush stroke or a rectangle or w/e. But it's the conceptualization/placement/arrangement/etc that makes a distinct style which is taken into account. The name of the album boxed in a rectangle all in white typesetting over a horizontal brush stroke over a photographic head/shoulder shot that is brushed across the eyeline in that same artistic style. This is a whole distinct style that makes it intellectual property and trademarkable as an album art. Seriously you people need to educate yourselves before you start talking shit.

SoNastySuckDik Wednesday, April 26, 2017

and pls dont even come with more basic shit like ones blue and ones black ones facing this way and ones facing that way. Just stop the stupidity

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