The webtoonist of 'True Beauty' under fire for publicity right infringement
상태바
The webtoonist of 'True Beauty' under fire for publicity right infringement
  • 박인정 기자
  • 승인 2020.07.29 12:31
  • 댓글 0
이 기사를 공유합니다

[BBANGYA NEWS|Joan Park] The webtoonist of ‘True Beauty’ is facing backlash over publicity right infringement.

Netizens earlier pointed out the shocking resemblance between Cha Eunwoo(A member of ASTRO) and Lee Suho, Kwon Hyunbin(JBJ) and Han Seojun. In some scenes, the characters are almost identical to the K-pop celebrities in terms of outfit and gesture. According to some fans, the webtoonist is merely tracing the photos of the celebrities rather than creating her own characters, hence publicity right infringement. The webtoonist rebutted, saying “These celebrities whom I referenced actually said ‘amazing’ and ‘fun’ to me. I would have been sued if my webtoon violated any law. As for the publicity right infringement, to whom do I have to pay? Hyunbin? ZICO?”

Although tracing is a commonly used technique in cartoons and comics, the range is quite wide: while there is ‘soft tracing’ where a cartoonist ‘refers’ photos, ‘bold tracing’ means drawing exactly the same image, pose or scene as existing photos and person.

An industry insider said “some webtoonists who traced concept photos of artists or pictorials were actually sued for copyright infringement” and that the industry needs a new direction that can promote originality and legality.



댓글삭제
삭제한 댓글은 다시 복구할 수 없습니다.
그래도 삭제하시겠습니까?
댓글 0
댓글쓰기
계정을 선택하시면 로그인·계정인증을 통해
댓글을 남기실 수 있습니다.
주요기사