Extra! Korea

May 3, 2009

South-east Asia keeps on ripping off Korea

Filed under: intellectual property, music — extrakorea @ 1:07 am

In a previous post, I mentioned that a Cambodian group was being sued by the Wonder Girls for intellectual property theft. Now, a Thai group, 7days, have produced a video with dance moves similar to the Wonder Girls’ So Hot and backgrounds similar to those of the videos for Gee and Kissing You, by Girls’ Generation (a.k.a. Seo Nyeo Shi-dae, or SNSD). They even have Korean in the video. Of course, the Korean is “Sa-rang-hae,” or “I love you.” What else would it say? (See the video here.) (source: AllKPop)

I should point out, however, that some recent Korean music videos such as this version of Gee, look like they’ve been very influenced by this teleportation dance video.

Edit/Update:

Speaking of intellectual property theft, on America’s list of violators, South Korea is out, and Canada is in.

After being a long-term expatriate, I’m so out of the loop, regarding what’s happening in my home country. I guess next time I visit, my friends will sport eye-patches and parrots on their shoulders, growling, “Ahoy there, matey. Help us copycat this here Wonder Girls video, or we’ll make you walk the plank.”

(Hat Tip to the Marmot’s Hole and ROK Drop)

Further Update:

You can read the actual report on piracy here. Page Ten is probably of most interest, and it does say that Korea could be placed back on the list if they do not continue to diligently make progress. Stop laughing.
(Hat Tip to Korea Pop Wars)

1 Comment »

  1. RE: Canada’s inclusion.

    It’s probably due to the amount of cam versions coming out of Montreal. The Hollywood lobby has had their panties in a twist for a few years and that’s now reflected in the government report. Yawn.

    Comment by douglas — May 6, 2009 @ 7:17 am


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