Kanye West and music video director Hype Williams have been accused of plagiarism. In an interview with The Daily Beast, film director Gaspar Noé claimed that the 2011 video for “All the Lights” looked strikingly similar to his 2009 film Enter the Void.
“And the director [Hype Williams] was someone else who ripped off the titles to my movie,” he said. “I was more shocked by the fact that that guy who copied all the typography of my titles put his name in it — Hype Williams — when you never usually see a director’s name in a music video. “He was putting his name on it over and over! It was so weird that he was not only copying it, but adding his name into the credits over and over again.”
Noé says that Williams imitated the title sequence of the film throughout the entire video. He said he was never consulted regarding the video and was “surprised” when he saw the video via YouTube back in 2011. A side-by-side comparison can be seen below.
Noé said he isn’t surprised that his work inspired another form of art.
“The truth is that when you put something out there, if you put any idea out there that’s kind of flashy, you have many, many people that are going to be copying it. This happens whether you do movies, paintings, or music.”