Nowadays, music has became an important part in young people’s daily life, especially in teenagers’ one. When you ask them a question “What are your hobbies?” , you surely receive an answer which includes music! And why is that? I believe that all of you already had an answer: music is very useful. Actually, music helps us a lot. Listening to music after a hard long working day is so wonderful or when you are depressed, music also helps your brain to relax. For teenager, in my opinion, music is the way they express their personality and is the way they recognize their own colorful world.
However, this is not what I want to talk about. The main topic is the illegal reproduction in Viet Nam’s music industry. (Note: I just wanna mention teenagers music not the others because traditional music or songs sung by our famous singer such as Mỹ Linh, Hồng Nhung…conversely, is something that we can be proud of)
First of all, I want to remind you a matter which happened in 2008: Huỳnh Phong covered “Rising sun” which was originally sung by DBSK – a very famous boyband from Korea.
Dong Bang Shin Ki
The problem is that Huỳnh Phong wrote new lyric and performed without permission from SM Entertainment – DBSK’s company! He even did the same moves in the Music video. After the video of his performance was released, DBSK’s fan in particular and all Kpop’s fan (short for Korean Pop) in general was very angry. The matter was so serious that Tuổi Trẻ newspaper had to insert one paper about it. I am a fan of DBSK so I was very upset too! This was an offensive not only to me but also to everyone who loves Vietnamese music and Korean music. I have to confess that seeing my idol’s song re-sung like that is the most uncomfortable thing I’ve ever got through!!!
What can we see in this situation? Well, if a singer has a true talent, he or she could go on his or her own foot not to shade the name by stealing someone else’s hard work!
Tell me what do you think about that?
Another story I wanna share is my own experience. When I was a 6th grader, I started to love listening to music. I first listened to Mỹ Tâm’s song or Mây Trắng’s song. I was really love those song at that time. I still remember a song called “First love” sung by Mây Trắng, I thought it was a song composed by Vietnamese musician but later on, I found out that it was Utada Hikaru’s – a female singer from Japan.
I wasn’t good at computer as well as The Internet when I was young so I could not know the truth. I don’t need to say a word you guys still can understand my feeling, right?!
Anyway, thing has changed. Now I can figure everything out myself whether it’s a illegal reproduction or not. But sometimes, I’m still confused. I know all of you guys have at least once listened to “Xe đạp” performed by Thùy Chi, haven’t you? I did love that song a lot because of its melody and lyris and Thùy Chi’s sweet voice. Then, once again I was brought down, I was told that the song was originally sung by a Japanese singer! How hateful!
“Xe Đạp” by Thùy Chi
For that reason, I have a habit now. Whenever I listen to a teenager song I have to check if it’s truly a Vietnamese song or a another illegal reproduction. Some of you may find it funny or ridiculous but that’s exactly what I’m gonna do when the song has a beautiful melody (remember just teenager music ^^)
There are a number of things that I really want to discuss here with you guys. Nevertheless, those things might be a sensitive affair because there are Vpop’s fans who don’t like their idols to be deliberated in that way. Moreover, this singer quite well-known in Viet Nam so I should not write something that may cause trouble. But I still want to clarify something: she is not that well-known, at least that what she thought she is or her fans do. I extremely believe that someone can already determine who she is ^^
Finally, I want to speak out my individual ideas. Reproducing is not an illegal action as long as you ask permission. If you like the song and want to re-sing it, just ask them to do so. I think it would be a pleasure for the owner of the song because his or her song is loved. I hate that when a singer is criticized, they tend to turn back to defend by saying that they love that song, they just wanna sing it along, they admire that artist blah blah blah. Why? Is ask for permission that hard? Don’t tell me that they don’t know about the law which is protected work from copying or imitating. Reproduction without permission can be considered as a crime. If the company finds out their production is being reproduced without asking them, they could take legal proceedings against the person who is doing this. What I’m trying to say here is please stop making the Vietnamese music worse! We don’t lack of talented composer, singer. Why do we have to borrow somebody else’s music whereas we can create our own song?
The truth is I am not interesting in Vietnamese music any more. In my mp3 player, there is hardly a Vietnamese song. Of course I’m not an antifan of it but I just don’t want to listen to it. Sometimes, I deeply want to do so, you know, listen to what we understand is more accommodating than another language!
Nguyễn Huỳnh Bảo Ngọc