Big Hit Music Clarifies That BTS’s “Butter” Has No Copyright Issues
Previously, it was brought up on online communities that a part of “Butter” has the same melody as a part of Luca Debonaire’s song “You Got Me Down” from 2020.
Luca Debonaire shared via social media that he bought the topline in 2019 from Sebastian Garcia, who is also credited as a composer of “Butter.” This raised questions of potential copyright issues with the songwriter Sebastian Garcia having the same topline used in two separate songs.
In response, Big Hit Music released the following statement:
𝐼𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑚𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑛𝑜 𝑐𝑜𝑝𝑦𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑒𝑠 𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 “𝐵𝑢𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟.” 𝐼𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑧𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑓𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑤𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑛𝑜 𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑒𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑔, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑜 𝑛𝑜 𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑒𝑠 𝑐𝑢𝑟𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑙𝑦 𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑔’𝑠 𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑠.
𝐻𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟, 𝑤𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑙𝑎𝑖𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑜𝑝𝑦𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑠, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛 𝑖𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑠𝑒, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 “𝐵𝑢𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟.”