On April 15, novelist Qiong Yao (瓊瑤) publicly accused Mainland TV producer and scriptwriter Yu Zheng (于正) for plagiarizing her work from 22 years ago, The Plum Blossom Brand <梅花烙>. The main plots of historical television series, Palace 3: The Lost Daughter <宫锁连城>, which is Yu’s most recent production, seems to strictly resemble Qiong Yao’s renowned novel.
The accusation via Weibo garnered several comments by netizens, who eagerly voiced their opinions in the heated controversy. On April 28, Qiong Yao made an additional announcement that she has officially decided to sue Palace 3 through a lawyer. In order to maintain The Plum Blossom Brand’s copyright interests, she has resorted to the law.
Deeply upset, Qiong Yao wrote, “Effective as of today, lawyers Wang Jun (王军) and Wang Li Yan (王立岩) from Pacific Century Law Firm will speak on my behalf, since I am forced to embark on legal proceedings. In regards to this case, I will no longer accept any media interviews. Thank you for the solidarity and love. I believe the law will give a fair account of the matters.”
When Yu Zheng was reached for comments, he exclaimed everything had been a pure coincidence with no intentions to hurt Qiong Yao. Denying he had plagiarized, Yu explained the ideas for the plot of Palace 3 emerged through a conversation with artiste Zhang Ting (張庭). According to Yu, the script for the series was also once approved by Qiong Yao’s company based in Mainland China, Chong Yi Culture.
Regarding Qiong Yao’s statement on April 28 about opting for legal action, Yu no longer wished to comment further on the issue. He also trusts the law for bringing upon justice and expressed, “I believe the court will give a fair judgment. I will leave everything to the lawyers.”
This article is written by Shirley for JayneStars.com.