Ramen is probably one of the most popular snacks, if not the most popular snack, of our time. And BTS is one of the most popular boybands of our time, if not the most popular. Many people like to share their ramen recipes on the Internet. In fact, it has become one of the Internet’s latest trends. Jungkook, the international BTS heartthrob recently shared his favourite ramen recipe and a copyright war is definitely not what anyone expected to get out of it.
BTS’s Jungkook Shared His Fusion Ramen Recipe
Jeon Jung-Kook, who is widely known as Jungkook, is an extremely popular South Korean singer of the extremely popular boyband BTS. He recently participated in the Internet trend of sharing one’s favourite or preferred way to cook Ramen.
He posted the recipe on Weverse which is a popular fan community app for K-pop artists and their fandoms. His preferred method of cooking the ramen is by fusing two popular Ramen noodles, Buldak and Neoguri. The recipe calls for an entire packet of the Buldak sauce and half of the tastemaker for Neoguri.
Jungkook lovingly dubbed this dish Bulgeuri or Bulguri, creating a portmanteau of the names of the two noodles. This dish, for obvious reasons, soon went extremely viral. Fans couldn’t wait to try this new recipe but soon, they were taken by surprise.
Nongshim Copyrighted The Two Words Soon After The Dish Went Viral.
After the recipe went viral on the Internet, Nongshim, the company that makes the Neoguri Ramen noodles, registered copyrights for both Bulguri and Bulgeuri. The trademarks were filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Office.
According to reports, one official from the company said that the copyright was registered in order to prevent the indiscriminate commercial use of the name. However, this did not sit well with the fans of BTS and Jungkook, or the Army, as they lovingly call themselves.
The BTS Army claimed that rightfully, the trademark for both names belongs to Jungkook as he was the originator, and even the populariser, of the recipe. According to them, Nongshim was just attempting to unfairly take advantage of Jungkook’s popularity to sell its own brand.
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