Ewha University Grad Student Says Psy′s Concert is Almost Identical to Kim Jang Hoon′s
Psy has come in danger of being sued for plagiarising Kim Jang Hoon′s concert concepts.
Go Hee Jung, a grad student and artist at Ewha Womans University, said through her interview with MBC′s News Desk on October 9, "The lights, features and stage [of a concert] are all part of its form and could be said to be a unique piece in itself. [Psy′s recent concerts] are just like the One Touch concerts without Kim Jang Hoon."
She said previously on October 8 in an internet cafe she set up on the web, "I sued Psy, Samsung and YG Entertainment through the Korea Copyright Commission and the Supreme Prosecutors′ Office. About some problematic news reports, I will be filing lawsuits through the Press Arbitration Commission and I will also turn in a petition to the Korea Media Rating Board."
The student attached a file titled ′Specific List of Plagiarised Items′, and emphasized, "Kim Jang Hoon and Psy′s joint concert One Touch and Psy′s THE Soaked Show are a 95 percent match. I′ve found about 100 similarities, including the oval stage, effects such as firework lights, presentation, laser show, performance and greetings."
"[THE Soaked Show], which is a 95 percent match [to One Touch], is a severe example of plagiarism which looks like a Kim Jang Hoon directed performance without Kim Jang Hoon. I will take legal measures, and I demand Psy, YG Entertainment and Samsung acknowledge and apologize for the plagiarism, promise never to do so again and give lawful compensation."
She also reported Seoul′s mayor Park Won Soon to the National Human Rights Commission for authorizing Psy′s free concert to take place on October 4 in Seoul Plaza at other performers′ expenses.
"Performances for the Hi Seoul Festival, [set to take place at the same time and same place Psy′s concert was authorized for,] were mostly postponed or downsized, and this violated the rights of many artists," she said.
Netizens have been voicing opposing opinions on Go Hee Jung′s blog, and her cafe, which holds 15 members, has been cut off from the public and only made available to the original members. She has said through her blog that she ′decided not to go through with the legal processions′, but hasn′t opened up since on other issues.
Photo credit: MBC, Kim Byung Kwan, Hea Jung Min