Saturday, January 3, 2009

Rain, DBSK and Shinee Embroiled in Unauthorized Usage of Music for Performances

Source: Coolsmurf Domain

Ask any Korean and they get really really uptight when Americans remake their movies. For example the remaking of Oldboy.

But of course it's ok for them to steal music from America! Even songs that are not officially out yet!

In the aftermath of the completion of the various Gayo Daejuns in Korea, there was news last Friday that some singers had used some music for their performances without the required permission from copyright holders.

According to reports, DBSK leader U-Know Yunho and Rain had used Justin Timberlake Magic as the background music for their performances in the SBS Gayo Daejun and KBS Gayo Daechuk respectively. But the tune was apparently used without any permission being sought from the copyright holders. In addition, Shinee’s Taemin has also met with the same problem, using Usher Dat Girl Right There for his performance at the SBS Gayo Daejun.

A representative from SonyBMG who holds the rights for both songs expressed that Magic and Dat Girl Right There were songs that had not been released officially through any channels. They thus do not understand how they had gotten their hands on the songs. Although Magic was illegally uploaded in October last year but it wasn’t included in any of Justin Timberlake’s album thus they are wondering how did they get their hands on the track then.

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The Korean wave is over and they're out of ideas. They can only pump out so many films and tv series that involve sappy love triangles and guys too afraid to say "I Love You".

If I was Spielberg or Will Smith, I wouldn't touch Oldboy with a ten-foot pole. They don't deserve that honour.

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