The agency of popular Korean pop group f(x) has accused the Philippines’ health department of plagiarism in its latest public service announcement (PSA) on teenage pregnancy.
On December 8th, an official statement from the agency confirmed that the Department of Health in the Philippines plagiarized f(x)’s track as they have not received any permission for its use. The agency also confirmed that they will be seeking legal action for the plagiarism.
The Department of Health in the Philippines received negative public reactions and plagiarized public service announcement on teenage pregnancy which was originally posted through their official Facebook page back in November 30th. The viral video was deemed for its inappropriate lyrics reinforce stigma, discrimination and sex negative attitudes among the youth and society in general and lastly its similarity to f(x)’s “Rum Pum Pum Pum,” which led fans to accuse the department for plagiarism.
The video has been pulled out from the official page since but is continiously being reposted and criticized online.
The Department of Health in the Philippines has not issued a statement on its recent blunder.
According to a news website MyDaily, f(x)’s agency SM Entertainment aired the side of the song’s original publisher, claiming the music of “Rum Pum Pum Pum” was copied in the Department of Health’s PSA.
“Rum Pum Pum Pum” is one of the songs from f(x)’s 2013 album Pink Tape.
SM Entertainment – the same agency of KPop groups Super Junior and Girls’ Generation– said it has already started taking action on the issue, another Korean website No Cut News reported.