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A QUESTION OF CHARACTER(S): A calligrapher says the design for ‘Taiwan’ on a poster and stickers for a festival is very similar to characters that he designed

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 09, 2019
By: Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff writer, with CNA

The Kaohsiung City Government is in hot water again after a calligrapher said his work was used in

A poster promoting the International Kaohsiung Festival is pictured in Kaohsiung on Sunday. The allegedly plagiarized calligraphy for “Taiwan” is within the national flag on the top left of the poster.
Photo: Wang Jung-hsiang, Taipei Times

promotions for this year’s International Kaohsiung Festival without his permission.

A Facebook user named Y.C. Lin who manages a “Yu’s Calligraphy” page on Sunday appeared to accuse festival organizers of plagiarizing the characters for “Taiwan” (臺灣) that he had drawn.

Photographs shared by Lin appear to show similar characters in a sticker set and poster promoting the festival.

It is not the first time Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu’s (韓國瑜) administration has been accused of plagiarism, said Lee Hsin-han (李欣翰), director of the Taiwan Radical Wings party’s Kaohsiung chapter.

Han has “avoided the issue” in previous instances by saying they were the “unprompted behavior of [his] supporters” and that conversations should not revolve around “small, technical issues,” Lee said.    [FULL  STORY]

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