One of the biggest South Korean entertainment companies CJ E&M has found themselves in a very awkward situation. According to the Central District Court in California, the company is accused of large copyright related accusations for 50 million dollars.
This could be the biggest U.S music copyright infringement to date. Korean music agency DFSB Kollective filed a suit against CJ E&M and CJ E&M America in March, claiming that the two firms committed copyright infringement and submitted false copyright management information on hundreds of K-Pop songs to which it holds “exclusive’’ licenses to distribute in overseas markets including the U.S.
Of course they wont stay still and announced a big fight against these accusations stating the following, “The complaints that the plaintiff filed are not true and so the company will fight against them without compromise until we are proven innocent.”
They also added that there were no such things as irregularity in the distribution of Korean music in the U.S. via Beats Music through the “exclusive” distribution contract with the U.S. streaming site, that they signed last year.
The “hot potato” goes back at DFSB Kollective where CJ E&M is accusing them of bringing the same case in the U.S when this whole settlement was reached in Korean court back in 2012.
Even though we, the common people, don’t really understand the bigger picture here, one thing is for sure, when big companies fight over such sensitive things, the only ones that is left hanging are those artists who wrote all those songs and never got any recognition. A lot of them expressed frustration over the case that their hard work was distributed illegally without their knowledge, just saying, “We are too powerless to fight against them to protect our creative works.”
Accusations all over the place right? Who do you think is right on this one? I rest my case on this one, “Everyone is innocent until it’s proven otherwise”.
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Edited by: Morgan Oswald
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