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Netizens accuse Pinoy rapper for plagiarizing ‘Dalaga’ song from Korean-based music producer

Netizens accuse Pinoy rapper for plagiarizing ‘Dalaga’ song from Korean-based music producer

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  • Pinoy rapper Arvey has been accused of plagiarism for his hit song Dalaga
  • Netizens pointed out that some parts of it were similar to the song by Korean-based music producer Mixtape Seoul
  • Mixtape Seoul has now reached Arvey to settle the issue but the rapper has yet to respond to them; netizens expressed disappointment over his actions

Filipino rapper Arvey is now under fire after netizens pointed out that he plagiarized some parts of his hit song “Dalaga” from a Korean-based music producer.

The Tagalog rap song allegedly used parts of a song by Mixtape Seoul, which became trending on social media when covers of the song got over thousands of views online.

In a report by ABS-CBN’s Push, Mixtape Seoul already tried to reach Arvey to get his side of the story, but the rapper has yet to respond.

“We are aware of the situation going on recently with an artist using our music without any permission from us. We try to contact him but there is no response till now. So we have to make a claim on YouTube and [are] waiting. We are trying our best to resolve this situation. Thank you for all of your worries and support towards our team,” the music producers said in the comments section of their YouTube video titled, “Robin: Mac Miller X HONNE Type Beat | Prod. Noden.”

The music video of the controversial song has now been deleted from YouTube. Netizens expressed disappointment on Arvey’s actions while others apologized on his behalf, recognizing how unfair it was to gain advantage over “stealing a beat” and not even asking for permission to use it.

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Others pointed out the rapper’s ignorance of music copyrights while some said he could have paid for the music so he would not be in a mess in the first place.

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Did MMFF copy the Tribeca Film Fest Logo?

Did MMFF copy the Tribeca Film Fest Logo?

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The annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is just around the corner and promotions are already underway.

Blogger Jonell Estillore, however, noticed that one particular ad the MMFF released was reminiscent of an ad for the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

The Tribeca Film Festival was created to “enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience.” The Tribeca Film Festival was founded to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan.

Photo from Jonell Estillore
Photo from Jonell Estillore

In the post, Estillore wrote “Nakakahiya po. [This is embarrassing.]” in response to how the logo was copied almost exactly and was even given a registered trademark.

Estillore said he had already emailed the MMFF about the said plagiarism. He was disappointed to hear that none of them took the responsibility of how the ad was posted in the first place.

In the comments section, a Gigi Mallillin introduced herself as someone from the MMFF Secretariat and said the image was never meant to be uploaded since the website was still under beta testing. She claimed that MMFF had its own brand and did not intend to infringe on Tribeca’s copyright.

Estillore replied that even so, there was no reason to copy the brand in the first place because it was just that: a brand.

Mallillin reiterated that the materials were really not intended to be posted while she skirted around Estillore’s question as to why copy the logo in the first place. Estillore, though, informed her that Tribeca had been informed about the plagiarized design and that they (MMFF) should expect an email from the foreign festival.

Photo from Jonell Estillore
Photo from Jonell Estillore

Netizen Cyril Constantino agreed with Estillore’s point about why the need to make the logo the same in the first place. “I think it’s a matter of… why create it in the first place? Why have it in their stock? Simply because, they wanted to use it. There is an intention by the fact that they have it with them. Hence, the excuses they give are not acceptable at all. Good job, Jonell! Hopefully Tribeca contacts them soon and that they learn a most valuable lesson.” 

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Bench faces plagiarism raps as UP student claims they stole his artwork

Bench faces plagiarism raps as UP student claims they stole his artwork

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Clothing giant Bench seems to have a knack for coming up with controversial ads.  In February, netizens expressed their sentiments over Bench’s billboard where the clasped hands of a gay couple was blacked out. While some speculated that vandals were to blame, turns out that Bench had taken it upon themselves to black out the hands in anticipation of the ad board’s possible reaction.

Read: Was the Gay Couple Controversy Actually Faked by Bench to Create a Buzz?

This time, Bench faces plagiarism raps after it used the artwork of a third year UP Fine Arts student for its Love Local campaign, which an in-house Bench visual merchandizer claimed to be his original work. Glenford Lumbao complained on Facebook about how he felt he was “robbed” by the big fashion label. He posted his rants over a photo of Bench’s display window which featured his Letras y Figuras: ABaKalsaDa Letters of the Street, his artwork showcasing people forming the letters of the alphabet while clad in local attire with native props. Lumbao actually did the artwork for a project in Visual Design 1 class, and then posted it on Behance, an online platform for artists.  He said he felt violated and disrespected. He captioned the photo he took at a Bench Glorietta window display on June 25, “Bakit A to F Lang? Dapat nilahat niyo na. (Why use A-F only? You should’ve used all of it.)” 

Bench faces plagiarism issue after it used an artwork of a 3rd year UP Fine Arts student, which an in-house visual merchandizer claimed to be his original work. Photo Credit: Coconuts Manila
Bench faces plagiarism accusations after it used the artwork of a third year UP Fine Arts student, which an in-house visual merchandizer passed off as his original work.
Photo Credit: Coconuts Manila

“Bakit A to F Lang? Dapat nilahat niyo na.”

When Bench learned about the post, its Legal team tried to reach Lumbao on June 27, to amicably settle the issue and apologize, reports Coconuts Manila.

“Madalas po silang tumatawag at mag-text. (They call and text me.)  They said sorry about the incident tapos gusto nila makipag-meet to settle things privately.”

Bench PR Jojo Liamzon and Legal Supervisor Rachelle Posadas confirmed with Coconuts Manila that Bench, through Posadas, was trying to reach out to Lumbao. They scheduled a meeting on June 29 but the Fine Arts student was a no-show. Lumbao’s professor advised the latter to seek for advice from a legal counsel before meeting with Bench representatives. He stressed that what the company did was plagiarism.

“Yung illustration na kinuha nila is not for sale. Ibang usapan na yung kasi plagiarism na. (The illustration they used is not for sale.  It’s a different story now because it’s plagiarism.)

Bench asserted they do not ignore plagiarism. Said Liamzon, “When you hire somebody, an artist or a writer, you expect them to churn in original work, without having to check and recheck.” Posadas emphasized their employees attend seminars and lectures and plagiarism is always part of that, so they expect them to always provide only original work.

Their in-house artist admitted to the misdeed, and has then resigned. Living up to their vision that they do not disregard plagiarism, they accepted his resignation.

Their only concern at the moment is Lumbao, who has remained silent in spite of their efforts to reach out to him.

Reiterating they’ve learned from the billboard incident before, Liamzon said (they) “are willing to compensate and settle the matter fairly.”

Feature Image credit: Coconuts Manila

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SM Entertainment Finally Released a Statement On DOH’s “GAGAgirl-BOBOboy” Video Ad

SM Entertainment Finally Released a Statement On DOH’s “GAGAgirl-BOBOboy” Video Ad

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SM Entertainment finally released a statement regarding the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) video advertisement on anti-teen pregnancy on December 8, through No Cut News and My Daily as reported by All K Pop. The said video, according to its viewers was a plagiarized version of f(x)smtown’s “Rum Pum Pum Pum”.

Musical Plagiarism, according to Wikipedia, is

the use or close imitation of another author’s music while representing it as one’s own original work, which could either be in the form of using a musical idea like melody or motif, or in the form of sampling (taking a portion of one sound and reusing it in a different song).

From a previous article on The Dailypedia, the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) released an anti-teen pregnancy video on November 30 which had a similar melody to f(x) sm town’s “Rum Pum Pum Pum”. The video was taken down by DOH a few hours after netizens gave negative comments on the said video. People described the video to have an unclear message, inappropriate language, and discriminating to teenage parents. Many netizens also noticed that the video lacked originality as it used f(x)smtown’s melody.

Photo Credit: The Dailypedia
Photo Credit: The Dailypedia

A week after the video made headlines on the internet, here is what a representative from SM Entertainment said on DOH’s anti-teen pregnancy video, as quoted from All K Pop:

By no means have we permitted the use of the music, ‘Rum Pum Pum Pum.’  The original publisher of ‘Rum Pum Pum Pum’ confirmed that the music used by the Philippines’ public service campaign in question is indeed plagiarism, so we already started taking action.

Whatever form of action SM Entertainment is taking, DOH will surely be again on the hotseat after SM Entertainment have released their statement. The public is also expecting a response from DOH Undersecretary Janette Garin who also appeared at the end of the video. However, no official statements from the DOH regarding this issue have been released yet as of writing.

 Compare the two videos here:

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Most Hated by Netizens, Sotto Tops 2016 Senatorial Survey

Most Hated by Netizens, Sotto Tops 2016 Senatorial Survey

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Most Hated by Netizens, Sotto Tops 2016 Senatorial Survey

Surprise! Surprise! Despite being the most hated senator by netizens, it seems that Senator Vicente “Tito Sen” Sotto III still has the vote of the masses, dominating the 2016 senatorial survey in the recent data released by Pulse Asia.

Some 51.6% of the respondents indicated they will vote for Sotto while 51.5% will vote for Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan who came in second. If the surveys would translate to votes in the 2016 elections, then both Sotto and Pangilinan would surely be part of the so-called “Magic 12”.

What’s there to Hate about Tito Sen?

Pepsi Paloma

Eat Bulaga’s crowd calls Sotto as “Tito Sen”, giving the impression of how likeable and popular this man is. People from the ‘90s view the senator in a “love-hate” light, however, especially because of his alleged involvement in the hushing up of the alleged rape of Pepsi Paloma by Eat Bulaga’s comedic trio (which includes his brother, Vic Sotto).

Photo credit: Dalubhasang Pinoy
Photo credit: Dalubhasang Pinoy

Netizens could not help but mention Paloma every time something about Sotto pops up on the web, yet voters are surprisingly more forgiving, putting him in the senate time and time again.

Conflicting Pro-life/Anti-life Stand

At the height of the discussions and debates regarding the controversial but much-needed Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, Sotto adamantly sided the “pro-life” faction, staunchly saying that using contraception of any kind is equal to killing a human life.

Even though there was public clamor for the bill to be passed, Sotto refused to take the people’s side. It even came to a point when he spoke about a “dramatic” contraceptive-related event in his life in which they lost a baby because of his wife’s supposed use of contraception. Netizens hated how he used that moment as example.

Photo credit: Inquirer
Photo credit: Inquirer

A staunch “pro-life” person who vehemently declares he is against contraception, Sotto surprised netizens when he declared that he wants the death penalty to be reinstated so as to make criminals think twice about doing a crime.

He says that preventing conception is killing life yet he wants to reinstate the law that kills criminals [who are already alive, of course]. How can you be pro-life yet anti-life at the same time, huh? Make up your mind, will you?

“No Relation, No Back-Ride” Motorcycle Policy

This might not be something very upsetting in Metro Manila, but it has a huge impact in the provinces where the motorcycle is the primary means of transportation among the locals.

Photo credit: Flippish
Photo credit: Flippish

Of course, people in the metro are still angry and somewhat bemused over this ‘stupid’ policy. If passed into law, would it mean we will all be carrying around birth certificates and proofs of relation just so we can ride a motorcycle?

How the heck are our policemen going to implement this law, anyway? Would they have to flag down all the people who looked somewhat different because they are not related? Pretty soon there would also be ‘number coding’ for motorcycles because people wouldn’t have a choice but to buy their own motorcycle (or commute) because they can’t ride with a friend. Utter stupidity.

Perhaps the senator was just bored and wanted to look busy, so he penned this law as an answer to the riding-in-tandem crisis?

Plagiarism, Cybercrime Issues

When it was made public that he plagiarized portions of the Healthy Home Economist blog, instead of saying sorry, he insulted the blog owner by saying he did not plagiarize anything because the writer was “just a blogger” [a blogger is not a writer?]. He even went as far as daring the blogger to sue him, knowng that proving he copied the blog would be quite a lengthy process and might not even hold much water in court.

Photo credit: Vera Files
Photo credit: Vera Files

Then, when the cybercrime law was being made, he inserted the libel clause after announcing he wouldn’t. In this stupid cybercrime law, people can get jailed for “liking” stuff on Facebook – crazy, isn’t it?

Try to Google “Sottoism” – you’ll be taken right to the Urban Dictionary’s entry:

Sottoism

(Noun) Etymology: Coined from Vicente Sotto III, one of Philippines’ senators when his senatorial speech was found to have multiple verbatim quotes without citations of their authors.

  1. the practice of plagiarizing a literature and using such for public- speaking engagements
  2. the act of using celebrity status to present a copied idea whilst making it appear as his/her own
  3. an event where one gets caught in the act of plagiarism and arrogantly admits to be at no fault

(Verb) sottoed, sottoing

Girl: You copied a divorced actor’s marriage vows and used it in our wedding? I can’t believe this! If only sottoism is a ground for annulment!

Guy: Hey, I changed the names!

So many netizens hate Sen. Sotto yet he proves himself the darling of the masses, if the recent Pulse Asia survey is to be believed. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.So many netizens hate Sen. Sotto yet he proves himself the darling of the masses, if the recent Pulse Asia survey is to be believed. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.

Are you voting for Sotto in the 2016 elections?

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