C-JeS Entertainment has released their official statement on their lawsuit against violations of portrait rights.
JYJ’s agency C-JeS Entertainment released an official statement on the 26th that read, “C-JeS Entertainment are working hard to protect the publicity rights (right to stop third parties from using the publicity rights of celebrities without their permissions for commercial purposes) of all our celebrities, not only JYJ. We have a strong legal system to combat these illegal actions.”
Through an explanation from their legal party, C-JeS announced that they would be filing a compensation for loss lawsuit against two magazine publications, which used photos of JYJ without the members’ permission, and the trials would be closed by mid-December.
They continued to state, “Publishing dozens of pages of photos from news coverage articles and press conferences, as well as creating special editions with these photos, is an act that violates our celebrities’ publicity rights and this is why we have filed our lawsuit,” and “Acts like this have already been recognized as a violation of publicity rights, so we expect similar verdicts for our lawsuits.”
C-JeS clarified their stance as they added, “We are not out to ban or limit proper news coverage, and we believe that photos can definitely be used for news coverage, but only if it is done in a reasonable parameter.”
-Below is the explanatory statement by C-JeS’ legal party-
◆A compensation for loss lawsuit has been filed against two magazine publications for using photos of the three members of JYJ without their permission.
◆Many rounds of court debates have already taken place, and the verdict is set to be made in mid-December.
◆The two magazine publications in question have used photos from news articles and press conferences in dozens of pages in their magazines, as well as publishing A4-sized photos for a special edition booklet. These acts are seen to be a violation of publicity rights that goes beyond reasonable news coverage.
◆The two magazine publications in question have argued that their actions lay within the parameters of reasonable news coverage, but their use of photos in dozens of pages and A4-sized pages cannot be seen as such.
◆Regarding the use of celebrity photos, acts like this have already been recognized as a violation of publicity rights both domestically and overseas (US, Japan etc), so we expect similar verdicts for our lawsuits.
◆However, we are not out to ban or limit proper news coverage, and we believe that photos can definitely be used for news coverage, but only if it is done in a reasonable parameter.
Source: [tv daily]
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