Report: Vietnamese Musician Disciplined For Copying RITCHIE BLACKMORE Song

Utusan Malaysia Online is reporting that a famous Vietnamese musician has received a formal reprimand for copying a song written and sung by BLACKMORE'S NIGHT and claiming it as his own work.

The Ho Chi Minh City's Music Association on Monday (July 5) ruled that Quoc Bao's "Tuoi 16" was identical to "Renaissance Fair", an earlier composition by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, formerly of '70s rockers DEEP PURPLE.

"The Association decided to issue a stern warning to Quoc Bao and inform all other members about his irresponsibility in professional activities that caused bad consequences," it said in a statement carried by the Tien Phong newspaper.

Bao, whose enjoys a large following in Vietnam, has admitted that his song was 90 percent similar to the BLACKMORE'S NIGHT version in terms of harmony and 60 percent similar in term of melody, according to the daily.

The Association is also investigating other songs claimed as his own but which are similar to those of other foreign composers.

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