Plagiarism should never be taken lightly and in the era of the empowered artist, we are pleased to see that it is no longer overlooked
Plenty of talented South Africans have had to fight for their work after seeing it blatantly being copied by sometimes bigger or by more established artists and brands.
There are no two ways about it: the theft of music, ideas, designs or otherwise is exactly that – theft, and the culprits should be held accountable.
Here are a few of the biggest plagiarism scandals of the last few years
Zara vs Laduma
Laduma Ngxokolo took his battle with Zara to the very top and ended up winning after the international retailer stocked a line of socks that closely resembled his signature designs.
Zara removes copycat MaXhosa socks
Global clothing giant Zara has removed their alleged MaXhosa by Laduma inspired socks amidst claims by the Laduma of copyright infringement.
After claims of the international retailer coping local designer Laduma Ngxokolo’s designs on … pic.twitter.com/31mqTsNTfN
— Gangwatch (@wblower029) April 25, 2018
Boity vs Karen Francis
Boity’s very young rap career was shrouded in controversy earlier this year when another rapper, Karen Francis accused her of stealing the beat and signature patterns for her single, Bakae.
Karen believes the single rode the momentum of her own hit song, Cake.
— TheSouthAfrican.com (@TheSAnews) March 1, 2019
Lasizwe vs Jay Versace
Lasizwe was called out by American vine-maker Jay Versace, who claimed that the content in the young South African creator’s videos was very similar to his own.
He did the same thing to me few months back.
Copied a video of mine and when i called him out he blocked me but then had so much to say when i couldnt see his tweets.Then i got invited onto a radio show he is part of to explain my side of the story.
— Earl Hendricks (@EarlCraig06) June 21, 2018