One Direction Fans Rage At Aussie Band Over Missing YouTube Video

In a world where YouTube and Twitter reign supreme, boy-darlings One Direction have some of the fiercest followers, and now their sights are once again set on Melbourne synthpop band Clubfeet.

The Aussie act first caught the eye of the band’s voracious social media following after they pointed out similarities between the video for their song Everything You Wanted and a later video for 1D song You & I.

Now the clip for You & I has been removed from YouTube after an infringement claim, and the Directioners are mobilising their forces with the hashtag #YouAndIBackToYoutube. According to Clubfeet, the video’s removal has nothing to do with them, but that hasn’t stopped them from being targeted.

This morning, the band responded to the hoo-ha on Twitter, saying that they had nothing to do with the infringement claim and that they are not connected to the organisation who booted the 1D video, Panther Music Group.

“Hey guys, sorry everyone is upset but we had nothing to do with the take down of any video,” Clubfeet tweeted. “Just saw the notice: Panther Music Group Ltd took down the video – nothing to do with us / our label… Pretty sure that’s a UK company.”

Darcy Prendergast, director of Oh Yeah Wow, the Melbourne-based production company which raised concern over the similarity between the videos in April, told Channel [V], “We’ve no association with Panther Media … Obviously we found it pretty hilarious when the director, Ben Winston, ripped off our Clubfeet clip in the first place, but we’d completely forgotten about that until a new wave of Directioner hate mail spilled into the Twitter feed.”

The Clubfeet video in question, for the song Everything You Wanted, features members of the band completing an obstacle course of sorts, catching up to themselves in freeze-frame as they move along a suburban street. The One Direction clip is…very similar, though as one 1D fan points out, “you can’t trademark jumping”. Fair point. Clubfeet’s video last year won them a J Award. One Direction’s video has won Clubfeet nothing but Twitter fodder.

The You & I video was not delete on Vevo. You can compare the two below, and read more here.

Watch: Clubfeet – Everything You Wanted

Watch: One Direction – You & 1

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