Wednesday, September 5, 2012

'Cheongdam-dong Alice' is Plagiarized? SBS Will Take Legal Action Against Allegations

Actress Moon Geun Young's return to the small screen has attracted attention to SBS's upcoming weekend drama 'Cheongdam-dong Alice' and the plagiarism allegations related to it by the 2008 published novel 'Cheongdam-dong Oduri.' Cheongdam-dong Alice's side has come out saying, "The plagiarism claims by writer Lee Hye Kyung (the author of Cheongdam-dong Oduri) are nonsense. We will take legal action."

On September 4th, the plagiarism allegations were explained by SBS through a press release. SBS revealed that writer Kim Ji Woon came up with the idea (for the story). Together with writer Kim Jin Hee, it is a project they have been preparing for 2 years, adding, "It is a situation where the two have already completed copyright registration under their names."

Writer Kim Ji Woon expressed his displeasure and with a strong tone said, "During the planning process, writer Park Sang Yun (the writer for 'Queen Seon Duk' and 'Tree with Deep Roots,' and the one being accused of plagiarism) never mentioned Cheongdam-dong Oduri. Moreover, we are not writers who simply follow orders and write to the accordance of senior writers. Writer Lee Hye Kyung's remarks greatly disparaged my creativity and years of effort and of course greatly defamed the honor of our entire team." He added, "concerning the plagiarism allegation, our thoughts are to take legal action for defamation and respond strongly."

Also "if there were any similarities to Cheongdam-dong Oduri, we would have been the first to fold. We are curious how they came to know the contents of our drama which have not yet been released and be able to make plagiarism comments on it."

Meanwhile, Park Shi Hoo and Moon Geun Young will make their comeback in the drama Cheongdam-dong Alice. In a generation that has given up on dating, marriage and childbirth, the drama is expected to be about a 'project to become a Cheongdam-dong daughter-in-law' and a romantist man's 'project to search for love which has become extinct.'

credits to and translations by Soompi Moons