Anfisa Letyago is accused of plagiarism on Rosso Profondo and Donato Dozzy reaffirms that the vocals of Anfisa and those of Anna Caragnano from his track ‘Parola (rework)’ which was released in 2019, are too similar for it to be just a coincidence.
«Everyone here can hear both tracks and make their own idea,» he said. «I can see a similarity but the problem here is not about plagiarism or not (probably it’s not) but a more general attitude of many producers who simply copy and paste other people’s ideas and get away with it. I deeply wish to witness a more creative attitude from everyone—that’s what I deeply stand for.»
Anfisa denied the allegations in an interview with RA and said that it was “unfounded” and that it left her “speechless”. Anfisa also added that the tracks are different on so many levels; the lyrics, the rhythm, the melody and also the general purpose.
Soundwall.it, and other electronic music magazines are also accusing Anfisa of plagiarism. Soundwall claims that Parola is so iconic that you instantly recognize while listening to Rosso Profondo and that Anfisa should have contacted Dozzy to “warn him” of what she was about to do.
Anfisa Letyago Accused of Plagiarism
A thin line between inspiration and theft of an intellectual property?
Every artist is inspired by other artists’ work at some level, whether consciously or unconsciously. We can come up with new concepts and stories to tell, but they will always be based on creations that took place already at some point in the past. The artistic choices we make are nothing but an echo of the ways in which we want to express ourselves to our audiences. I believe that by realizing and accepting this fact we can be able to feel freed from constraints and restrictions and to focus on creating our vision which, we would know beforehand, would be based on other artists’ ideas, artists who we consider to be our muses and sources of inspiration.
Using other artists work as kickoff for our own personal creative production, is not plagiarism. Great professional musicians frequently do that. Think of Jazz and Blues musicians, when they re-harmonize i.e. substitute chords in a song while keeping its melody the same. Re-harmonizing allows the change of the harmony of a song while keeping the same original melody.
Ideas alone are not copyrighted. What is copyrighted is the way in which that idea is expressed into an output. Thus, artists can make of other artists’ ideas new ideas, and we should learn to acknowledge them as such.
Check this Pachelbel Rant video.
«Good composers borrow, great composers steal.»