The Party song of the summer, based around telling the truth to foreigners about the “real China” via godawful rap has been mercifully removed from the internet… due to copyright infringement
“This is China,” an English language hip-hop propaganda song performed by nationalistic Chengdu rap group CD RV and backed by the Communist Youth League, dropped back in June, along with a music video, purportedly to spit some truth to foreigners who had got the wrong impression of China thanks to biased foreign media reports, and to introduce them to the “chi-phenomena” (whatever that is).
“This is a song for Westerners to understand China,” Wang Zixin, the band’s leader, said at the time. “We want Westerners to know that Chinese know our problems and we are trying to make a change.”
Of course, one of the most highly-publicized problems is in the realm of intellectual property, while CD REV failed to mention that problem specifically in their song, it did manage to pop up in the video.
The music video, which features a medley of various China-themed clips, including pandas, Tu Youyou, roads and hot pots, has been taken down following a copyright infringement claim from South Korean hip-hop label Brand New Music. Sixth Tone explains why:
The offending section depicts rappers who are face-painted in a style reminiscent of Sichuanese face changing — a traditional form of Chinese opera. Those well-versed in the South Korean rap scene will recognize the man behind the paint as Jung San, stage-named San E, one of Korea’s biggest hip-hop artists. The footage in question comes from San E’s “Rap Circus,” a track that he released shortly after signing with BNW in 2013.
Those guys weren’t CD REV? Mind. Blown.
Sixth Tone then reached out to Wang Zixin for comment on the video:
“We didn’t make the video — it has nothing to do with us,” CD REV’s leader, Wang Zixin, told Sixth Tone, adding that “most people don’t follow South Korean celebrities and wouldn’t know that he was Korean.” When asked why a patriotic music video commissioned by the CCYL would steal footage from a foreign artist, Wang — who referred to Western journalists as “media punk-ass white trash fuckers” in a previous song — declined to comment, saying he found the line of questioning “a little pointed.”
Wu Dezu, the video’s producer and head of the Communist Youth League’s new media operations, did respond to that question, by turning it around: “Is it appropriate that a South Korean made a video of China’s Sichuanese face changing?”
He also argued that because the video was for propaganda and not for profit, then there can be no copyright dispute. Besides, there was a message at the end of the video, reading: “The content of this video comes from the internet — the rights to all the scenes within it belong to the original creators.”
While the original video may have been taken down from YouTube, you can still find the video on CCTV’s YouTube page:
Oh, and it’s still on our Facebook page too. Don’t tell Korea…
Alternately, we went through and copied down all the lyrics when the song first came out. So even if all traces are removed from the internet, you can always go back and rap those harmonious words yourself. Like this couplet:
As for scientific achievement we have Tu Youyou who discovered astemisinin
Also there are KBBF crystal and Shenzhou series in astronomy