Yet another hit song is the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit.
This time it’s the children’s song “Baby Shark” created by the South Korean brand Pinkfong, which has garnered more than 3.3 billion views on YouTube. A musician named Johnny Only says that the song belongs to him, and he’s suing Pinkfong’s parent company SmartStudy in a South Korean court of law.
Even Only admits that “Baby Shark” predates him, however. Although no one is quite certain of the song’s origin, it’s believed to have been a campfire chant developed at U.S. summer camps for kids sometime last century. The song may have emerged in conjunction with the success of the “Jaws” franchise — though that’s just another theory.