BTS’ label Big Hit Music said in a statement on Thursday that Butter does not breach any copyrights.
“It remains unchanged that the right to the music belongs to Butter,’ said the company, acknowledging that it is aware of the claims that the intro of the song may be plagiarized.
“The song has been finalised and released after a process of confirming with all copyright holders that there is no issue surrounding the song,” the short statement added.
Speculations have surfaced online saying 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 for the theme song, wrote in his blog that he was surprised to see an article on the claims. Admitting that he knows BTS but not the song, he listened to it after reading the article, but said that the similar melody is coincidental. Quoting the article that said the original songwriter contended it is not a sampling but the beats are almost identical, Nakamura added that he had not said that and wondered who made the claim.
Luca Debonaire, a Dutch musician, also claimed that the chorus of Butter is similar to his 2020 song You Got Me Down. He said that he purchased the top line for his song from Sebastian Garcia, who is credited as one of the songwriters of Butter. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network