BEIJING — China lacks enough snow for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, environmentalists said. China is too repressive to hold the games, detaining hundreds of lawyers just in the past month, rights campaigners said. On Friday, despite those complaints, the International Olympic Committee awarded the games to Beijing.
On the YouTube page for “The Snow and Ice Dance,” one of 10 official songs of the Games, many of the comments were in Chinese, although it was not clear how many of them came from the mainland, where an official ban on the site makes access difficult. A number of commenters struck a surprised or sarcastic note:
“I nearly sang 'Let it Go!' ”wrote Zeta Fera.
“我幾乎都要唱出LET IT GO了，” Zeta Fera寫道。
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“Rubbish country,” wrote leckylecky. “Only understands how to copy copy copy.”
“Their shame knows no bounds,” wrote Ben Wang.
Caijing Online, the website of a prominent Chinese business magazine, also noted the similarities , and offered a technical analysis that went beyond the melodic parallels. Among the main points: Both songs employ a piano as the major instrument, have similar prelude chords and an eight-beat introduction, and they run at almost exactly the same tempo.
That article also inspired online comments. A reader named Tujiang Elapse said parts of the song were similar, but not all, whereas another reader, Moxin, lamented that China did not lack creative people, so why had it copied the song?
Asked to comment, a spokeswoman for the Beijing Games' organizing committee , Xiao Junfeng, requested that questions be submitted by fax, saying that she could not comment without authorization, which she did not have. She did not immediately respond to the faxed questions.
David J. Jefferson, vice president of corporate communications at Disney in Studio City, Calif., did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
戴維·J·杰斐遜(David J. Jefferson)是迪士尼(Disney)在加利福尼亞州影視城(Studio City)的企業傳訊副總裁，他並沒有立即回應記者的置評請求。
Accusations of plagiarism and other forms of intellectual property theft are not new in China, where the legal concepts of trademarks and copyrights are not rigorously enforced and remain a source of tension between China and the United States.
Just last month a dispute erupted over a Chinese animated film, “The Autobots,” in which the characters look remarkably like those in “Cars,” produced by Disney's Pixar Animation Studios. Viewers called “The Autobots” a shameless copy, but the film's director said he had never even seen “Cars.”
就在上個月，中國動畫片《汽車人總動員》引發了爭論，片中角色看上去與迪士尼旗下皮克斯動畫工作室(Pixar Animation Studios)的《汽車總動員》(Cars)高度相似。觀眾稱《汽車人總動員》是無恥的抄襲，但該片導演說自己從來沒有看過《汽車總動員》。
The first of the 10 songs presented on the organizing committee's website is performed by the actor Jackie Chan and titled “Waking Up the Winter” — perhaps wishful thinking in a city where snow barely fell last year.
Second is “Come and Ski on the Great Wall,” performed by the male duo Lu Han and Tao Zhe.
“The Snow and Ice Dance” is third, sung by the male-female duo Sun Nan and Tan Jing.
Temperatures in northern China typically drop below freezing in winter, but the region is dry, meaning that much of the snow and ice at the Games will almost certainly have to be artificial.