No ‘Gangnam Style’ For Political Ads

MANILA, Philippines - While several versions of "Gangnam Style" have already cropped up all over the world, its creator, Korean superstar Psy, has apparently not issued rights for the use of the song.

This is according to MCA Universal Music Group, which holds the local license of the song. Its president, Ricky Ilacad, related in an interview with ABS-CBN News that they received a directive from the singer himself.

"Ayaw [niya] ipagamit to anyone, especially sa political ads - hindi puwedeng gamitin. It means, if there is anything out there na gumagamit ng 'Gangnam,' dapat itigil na," Ilacad said.

The statement was issued just as the 2013 election campaign season marked its official start.

"So far, no politicians [have tried to] secure necessary license from our company to use 'Gangnam Style' for political jingle," Evelyn Seale, MCA Universal Music Group's Publishing Manager told Bulletin Entertainment in an interview. "Besides, it's prohibited for any adaptation versions," she reiterated.

With jingles being big hits during campaign periods, some political aspirants resort to choosing popular songs and revising their lyrics for easier recall among constituents. In fact, the same ABS-CBN News reported cited senatorial candidate JV Ejercito to have had successfully acquired to use the hit Carly Rae Jepsen song "Call Me Maybe."

Parties who will use a song without first asking permission from its publisher and composer, and subsequently paying the licensing fee to use it, are deemed in violation of the copyright law.

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