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Copyright issues plague K-pop

Source | 2015/01/28 | | Permalink

R&B singer Yoon Mi-rae [JoongAng Ilbo]

Once, pop stars like Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston heavily exerted their influence on Korean music. And some Korean musicians walked a fine line between plagiarism and being unconsciously inspired by their role models.

But K-pop has gained a much larger footing compared to the past, and some of its musicians are now discovering that their own work has been plagiarized or used without consent.

Recent controversies involving R&B singer Yoon Mi-rae and Taeyang of boy group Big Bang are some examples that clearly show K-pop's current standing...More

Crayon Pop sings song with DT Boys

Source | 2015/01/27 | | Permalink

Crayon Pop has released a song in China with Chinese group DT Boys, according to the girl group's agency, Chrome Entertainment.

The agency said on Monday the collaboration "123 Happy New Year" was unveiled through major Chinese online music portals on Jan. 22...More

Lee Joon lands another role

Source | 2015/01/26 | | Permalink

Lee Joon, the former member of the K-pop boy band MBLAQ, has landed another drama role, according to his agency Prain TPC.

Only two months have passed since Lee finished his previous drama series, "Mister Baek", but Lee has already begun shooting for his newest project, which is titled "Heard It Through the Grapevine"...More

Warrants for Daum Kakao user info quadrupled

Source | 2015/01/25 | | Permalink

Daum Kakao, Korea's largest messenger app operator, said Friday that the number of search warrants issued by courts for information on its customers more than quadrupled over the past two years, which is sure to stoke public anxiety that the tech giant is giving their private conversations to authorities.

According to the company's first transparency report, court-issued search warrants for Kakao Talk, the company's flagship service, rose from 704 in 2012 to 2,999 last year.

The number of requests from investigating authorities - the police and prosecutors - to courts for search warrants on the company went from 811 in 2012 to 3,864 in 2014. Courts accepted 88 percent of the requests in 2012 and 78 percent last year...More

An active weekend begins on the new A-Train

Source | 2015/01/25 | | Permalink

Thanks to the establishment of a new tourist train to Jeongseon, Gangwon, it's now become easier for visitors to experience the birthplace of "Arirang", one of Korea's most popular folk songs that is often considered its unofficial anthem.

The Korea Railroad Corporation (Korail) started operating the Jeongseon Arirang Train - also known as the A-Train - earlier this week, capitalizing on its slower speeds for leisure travelers...More

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