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Talent Shows and copyright infringement in the Philippines

A musical furor is developing in the Philippines arising from the outcome of a local online talent show, The Pop Stage. The copyright infringement complaint relates to the unrelated, but well known musical called “Ang Huling El Bimbo: The Musical” (“AHEB”), which is based on the songs of iconic Filipino pop rock band Eraserheads. The title refers to their most famous 1995 love song which gained global success. The musical director of AHEB, which was first performed in 2018 and subsequently on stage at Resorts World Manila, has claimed that The Pop Stage winner “ripped off” the musical arrangement in one of their entries on the show.

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