On August 1, tvN issued a formal statement regarding the sale of copyrights to their hit drama, Reply 1988.
Recently, a Chinese news source reported that a new series will be premiering this December. The source stated that the new drama will be the Chinese version of Reply 1988. The show will be set in the 1980s and will follow the story of a group of adolescents and their families as they grow up in a neighborhood together, which is what Reply 1988 is all about.
Following this news, tvN stated, We never sold the rights for Reply 1988 to the Chinese broadcasting station producing the show. We find the similarities to be unfortunate.
People have also expressed their disappointment and frustration with plagiarized shows. Recently, shows copying the format of Youns Kitchen and Show Me The Money have also been released. However, at the moment it seems that CJ EM, which owns tvN, is unable to take formal legal action.