Korean Firm Fined for Copying Advent Children in Video

posted on 2007-12-10 15:54 EST
Judge rules that "Temptation Sonata" plagiarized from CG anime

On Friday, December 7, Judge Gu Hoe-geun of the Seoul Central District Court ruled against the Korean media production company Fantom Entertainment in a lawsuit that asserted a music video plagiarized from Square Enix's Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children computer-graphics anime movie. Square Enix filed the lawsuit earlier in the year over the music video for Korean artist Ivy's song, "Temptation Sonata."

The judge found that "80%" of the music video was based on the "storyline, setting, characters, their styles of dress, and their demeanors" on Advent Children and the original Final Fantasy VII game. In particular, the music video plagiarized the scene in Advent Children of the fight between the characters Tifa and Loz. Judge Gu fined Fantom, which manages Ivy, 10 million won (about US$10,900) and issued separate fines of 6 million won (US$6,500) each to Lee Han-woo, the director of the company, and Hung Jeong-ho, the director of the music video.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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