The Japanese contest, EXA Kids, has been accused of plagiarizing EXO‘s logo.
On July 24, EXA Kids shared the logo on their Twitter page. Soon after, one fan shared an image comparing the logo to EXO’s and asked them not to use the logo.
The logo was indeed quite similar to EXO’s logo, a hexagon shape with an “X” in the middle.
EXA Kids responded to fan’s request, apologizing for the misunderstanding and explaining that the logo design was overlapping and that they did not plagiarize.
Thank you for pointing this out. We did not plagiarize, but rather it was overlapping. There was a lack of prior research and we’ve created a similar design. We apologize for causing misunderstanding and discomfort. We did not intentionally make the design similar. We plan to change the logo next year. Thank you for your understanding. We will deal with the issue as soon as possible.
ㅡ EXA Kids
They have since shared another post on their Twitter page, stating that they are currently discussing the issue and will provide an announcement by tomorrow.
— エクサキッズEXA KIDS (@exa_kids) July 24, 2019
Meanwhile, fans continue to criticize and accuse EXA Kids of plagiarism.
btw it's not a SIMILARITY, it's a COPY 🤪
— t̶i̶n̶i̶ 𝓲𝓬𝓮 𝓺𝓾𝓮𝓮𝓷 ❄️ (@wife2exo) July 25, 2019
You must change your logo design.
Because you plagiarized. 역시 도둑질의 나라!! 근본없는 나라임
— 배쿠의 여름🌿 (@kkaebsyoug) July 25, 2019
Translation: “Of course, a country that steals!! A country with no foundation.”
이게 표절이 아니라고 하는것도 웃기네ㅋㅋㅋ
— 됴됴한큥열매 (@baekufruit) July 25, 2019
Translation: “It’s pretty ridiculous how they’re saying it’s not plagiarismㅋㅋㅋ”