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Taiwanese Singer Jolin Tsai Accused of Plagiarizing TaeTiSeo Music Video

November 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm EDT

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Copy cat? Taiwanese pop star Jolin Tsai has being accused of plagiarizing one of TaeTiSeo's music videos.

Chinese news site Sina.com reported last night, November 6, that the 34-year-old singer's latest music video "PLAY" is being scrutinized for having too many similarities to the 2012 hit music video of "Twinkle" by Girls' Generation's sub-group TaeTiSeo.

The particular scenes being questioned sees the songstress — who has released 13 albums during her 16 year career — appear in perm rollers and another where she steps out of a car onto a red carpet before a gaggle of eager paparazzi photographers.

A number of commenters online have suggested that Tsai copied TaeTiSeo’s video, but could they just be clutching at straws? Credit: Warner Music Taiwan/YouTube, SM Entertainment/YouTube

A number of commenters online have suggested that Tsai copied TaeTiSeo’s video, but could they just be clutching at straws?
Credit: Warner Music Taiwan/YouTube, SM Entertainment/YouTube

The Taiwanese star's agency denies the accusations and countered, "There was no plagiarism at all. Taiwan does not lack creativity to such a degree where it needs to copy such trivial things from Korea." SM Entertainment have made no comment.

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Plagiarism is a tricky subject in the industry. The two scenes in question could be argued as being highly common elements in many music videos. Or perhaps the manner of execution suggests there was some theft of creative capital involved.

Compare the two videos and see for yourself; what do you think?

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