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Psy

I Will NOT Sue

'Gangnam Style' Restaurant

11/30/2012 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Gangnam Style" singer Psy will NOT sue an L.A. restaurant for naming itself after the famous song -- in fact, Psy's pumped ... because as far as he's concerned ... imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

The Koreatown restaurant was previously known as Soju Town -- but it re-opened last month after a brief closure under its new name "Gangnam Style," clearly an homage to the popular song.

The restaurant never bothered to get Psy's permission to use the name -- but sources close to the singer tell TMZ, he doesn't give a crap ... because where he comes from, imitation is a form of honor.

We're told Psy's team briefly considered legal action when they caught wind of the new restaurant, but since Psy doesn't care ... they don't plan to pursue anything. 

Oppa!

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1.

People Annoy Me    

I like this guy. Another celebrity would have flipped the table. (or a couple more) Keep doing what you're doing Psy. We all love ya!

607 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

PSY loves the attention as much as i love Pizza..................A lot!

607 days ago
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Kehwen    

I like Psy's attitude, too! But what about that name is trademark-able, anyway? "Gangnam" is just the name of an affluent, trendy district south of the Han River in Seoul, and translates as "River South." It would be like trying to trademark the term "SoHo style" or "Beverly Hills style". It's not proprietary at all.

607 days ago
4.

Ashley     

don't blame him why waste his time on legal bs...
not every one is like us american
different culture i guess...

607 days ago
5.

dale12    

Psy....Dude....You better go get that Money!!!

607 days ago
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rovex32@gmail.com    

Its because he is from Korea, not Cupertino..

607 days ago
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mark    

huh. the more i hear about this guy the more i like him. it's nice to hear about a celebrity who isn't as wrapped up in money and materialism as most of them (particularly the hip hop dimwits and their love of gold and gawdy jewelry). this guy seems far more decent than any of them. SK must not breed as many idiots as california, (and where ever the hell those human bowel movements from teen mom are from) does.

607 days ago
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mark    

the more i hear about this guy, the more i like him. i'm tired of idiotic celebs acting like they're the hottest, greatest, richest, most talented thing ever (or rather like EVERY hip hop entertainer these days). SK it seems, doesn't breed as many dimwitted, nitwits who're obsessed with materialism.

607 days ago
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Truth    

OH PULEEEEZ... ONLY TMZ GOES AFTER SH*T STORIES TO FILL CYBERSPACE. BESIDES ASIAN CULTURAL ECONOMICS IS BASED ON CHEAP KNOCK OFFS. BEEN TO CHINA, JAPAN, KOREA, FILIPPINES LATELY??? YEA, 90% OF THE LOCAL ECONOMY IS BASED ON FAKERY... IN FACT CHINA IS THE #1 COPYCAT ARTIST IN THE WORLD. THAT'S LIKE TRYING TO TRADE MARK BEVERLY HILLS OR MALIBU. THE RULE OF ECONOMIC LAW IN ASIA IS THIS: YOU WANT THE ORIGINAL, YOU PAY MORE. THE PRICE YOU PAY DIRECTLY REFLECTS THE QUALITY. HAVE MONEY TALK. NO MONEY NO TALK... JUST LIKE DRUG DEALERS. #TRUTH!!

607 days ago
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cobrazombie    

A ray of sanity in this crazy world.

607 days ago
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Truth    

BESIDES, BASIC LAW OF SUING... IF THE TIME AND COST SPENT IN LEGAL FEES IS GREATER THAN THE NET ECONOMIC RESULT, WHY THE F*CK BOTHER??? SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT TO MOI... JUST LOOKS SOME CHEAP CHINATOWN OUTFIIT. AINT MUCH PAPER THERE. #TRUTH!!

607 days ago
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jdranetz    

Gangnam is a an upper class district of Seoul, South Korea. To prevent someone from using "Gangnam Style" would be like trying to copyright "Hollywood Style", "Manhattan Style", or "Notting Hill Style" . So, it's probably the best strategy for PSY to embrace the use of the phrase, and not fight it.

607 days ago
13.

birdman    

Good guy Psy

Bad guy Apple

607 days ago
14.

Soph    

FYI "OPA" is a GREEK saying ;) Just saying...

607 days ago
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Liz    

If the restaurant closed and now re-opened with the new name, it's probably in poor financial shape and won't be around long. No point wasting money suing someone who doesn't have any.

607 days ago
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