Copyright claim upon Måns stage presentation; still no one reacts on song infringement
Olivier Rocher (France)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – A few weeks ago, when Måns Zelmerlöw won (by a landslide) Melodifestivalen, most of us were scared « Heroes » could be accused of plagiarism, due to the resemblance with Aviici or Guetta’s works. Then feared the great stage performance with video projections could not be used in Vienna.
So far none of those issues seems to cause a real problem, but, unexpectedly, this morning, the music video itself was blamed and had to be pulled from the Eurovision YouTube channel after a copyright warning.
It seems that the little stick man, who makes the stage presentation so special is far too similar to some other artist’s work (whose name hasn’t been disclosed).A DandyPunk is rumoured to be at the origin of the warning since almost the very same character is featured in his video (that you can watch below).
Fair reactions were aired by SVT, both from the video director and Swedish head of delegation. Fredrik “Benke” Rydan admitted inspiration but denied plagiarism in his statement: “Sure, I have absolutely been inspired by the figure that we have been approached about and although I reject that it would be plagiarism, we can never predict the outcome of such a review. Moreover, we do not have time for that. Since the appearance of the figure is not critical for me it’s an easy choice to correct it.”
On the other hand, Christer Björkman declared: “Until further notice we put up another video on the Eurovision site. It’s boring and generates extra work. But now that it has happened, I see still opportunities in this – now we can sharpen the number to the race in May.”
Indeed, the original video was replaced by a simple lyrics video until further notice. What will Mans performance look like in Vienna? Another character? No more video projection? A totally new presentation? Let’s bet this will now remain a secret until the D-Day.