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(Yonhap Feature) After rare confession by Lee Hyo-ri, debate heats up over plagiarism in pop music By Kim Hyun


SEOUL, June 23 (Yonhap) -- Accusations of plagiarism in the Korean pop music scene have always been elusive like a mirage. They come and they go, leaving no technical impact. Stars accused of pilfering keep shining on television, while the talk becomes murmurs and evaporates over time.

That doesn't seem to be the case anymore for Lee Hyo-ri, the queen of K-pop, who recently stepped out and gave a rare nod to the accusations that her fourth album "H-Logic" included copied songs and said she would stop promoting it.

The diva's admission was so unusual for a star that it immediately triggered sympathy as, after all, she was the victim of a sham: Lee bought all seven copied songs from a single composer called Bahnus. Still, the heated debate over Lee's album refuses to subside, adding fuel to the criticism that cases of plagiarism easily slip into oblivion.