Plagiarism Is Not Funny at All

Recently, Conan O’ Brien had an on-air conversation with a famous Chinese show host, Da Peng, after the latter’s online show was found to have totally ripped off the Conan show’s opening animation. O’Brien made a side-by-side comparison on his show demonstrating how Da Peng’s program “uses” his opening. He emphasized: “We are not making this up, this is absolutely real.”

After the exposure on the Conan show, Da Peng immediately stopped using the copied opening animation. Da Peng also performed a “sorry” dance in his show. Ironically, his sorry dance closely copied the music and the choreography of Korea band Super Junior’s song Sorry Sorry.

O’Brien said he didn’t care about a Chinese online show copying his idea and indicated it was a kind of compliment. But in response, he made a new opening animation for Da Peng, using some antics with Chinese elements, maybe as “revenge.”

You may think that what happened between O’Brien and Da Peng is hilarious. However, in my opinion, Da Peng, as a famous show host and a public figure, should not freely plagiarize or even infringe the copyrights of other people’s artwork, even if these people are from another country, far away from China, and there would be no way they would find out about it.

Da Peng should treat his offense seriously and honestly apologize to the Conan Show and the public for his bad actions. Da Peng works in entertainment industry and should better understand the importance of respecting other people’s creative works, and he should be ashamed for reaping without sowing. The fact is we live in a connected world, and people are gradually paying more and more attention to the international intellectual property rights. Indeed, while the Internet is making plagiarism and copyright infringement easier; at the same time, it is leaving more traces of wrongdoing to be found online. We all need to remember to never risk ourselves and to use our sweat for our achievement.

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