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Mimic receives fine over impersonation
SEOUL, South Korea
A South Korean court has fined a man for earning money by pretending to be one of the country's top singers, in the first ruling against imitating entertainers, a news report said yesterday.
The Seoul central court last week fined the impersonator, identified by his family name Lim, 7 million won (US$7,400) for misleadingly acting as Park Sang-Min, Yonhap news agency said.
"It is an act of unfair competition if one misleadingly acts as the authentic singer without identifying himself as an imitation singer," read the court ruling carried by Yonhap.
It ruled that Lim had brought "economic and mental damage" to Park by failing to tell people he was not the original.
The case marks the first ruling against a mimic in the country, Yonhap said.
Giraffes endangered
NAIROBI, Kenya
Man and mother nature are threatening at least six distinct species of African giraffe, which are highly endangered and could face extinction if not protected, a study warned Saturday.
Africa's 110,000-strong giraffe population, initially thought to be comprised of a single species found in all its savannas, has been severely fragmented by increasing aridity and a wide range of human pressures, Kenyan and U.S. biologists said in a study.
"Severe poaching and armed conflict in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya reduced the number of reticulated giraffes from about 27,000 individuals in the 1990s to currently fewer than 3,000 individuals," over the past decade, the study by the International Giraffe Working Group said.
"Several of these previously unrecognized genetic units are highly endangered, such as the West African giraffe, numbering about only 100 individuals and restricted to a single area in Niger," it added.


Updated : 2021-07-27 19:42 GMT+08:00