It was confirmed belatedly that popular idol group JYJ (Park Yuchun Kim Junsu Kim Jaejoong) filed a lawsuit against a domestic publishing house. For violation of publicity rights, a lawsuit was raised against Publisher A who used their photos without permission.
According to court records, JYJ members Park Yuchun (27), Kim Junsu (26), Kim Jaejoong (27) has filed a lawsuit in Sep 2012 against Publisher A for using their photos without permission and are asking for 40M KRW for damages.
The court in response said, “JYJ’s justification of the payment has been deemed lawful” But the publisher side has raised an objection, hence the litigation is still on going.
Publisher A, who specializes in entertainment magazines, has featured photos of JYJ members on the cover of the magazine. C-JeS entertainment has confirmed its unauthorized distribution and has asked the publisher to stop the sale and shipment of the product, but the publisher reportedly did not respond.
For the agency side, the publisher has violated publicity rights, so they filed a lawsuit to claim for damages which has now become a legal battle.
There is a recent growing trend of infringement cases filed by celebrities.
JYJ has a tough stance on rights infringement issues. Agency told Star news that, “The current situation is that this company A is bankrupt and we will act accordingly. But we will pursue with legal actions if such incidents occur again.”
[Additional Info 1]
C-JeS said it’s okay to use photos for news or press releases but these magazines have published multiple A4 size* photos which is an infringement of publicity rights. These publishers also print a special edition magazine full of JYJ photos that is separate from the main magazine itself.
*A4 is the size of JYJ bromides for con goods.
[Additional Info 2]
There are two publishing companies that JYJ is suing. It was repeatedly done despite warning, so they pursue a case against these publishers.