[News] 131127 JYJ Sues 2 Magazine Publishers Over Illegal Use Of Band Photos: C-JeS Rep Claims Court Date Is Set For Mid-November


The three members of the K-pop group JYJ are no strangers to litigation.

Back in 2010, Kim Jaejoong Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu left their former group TVXQ reportedly over a contract dispute with their record label SM Entertainment, a move practically unprecedented in the South Korean music scene

After forming JYJ, the three members signed with C-JeS Entertainment later that year and have pursued successful careers both as solo artists and with the band on the label ever since.

But that doesn’t mean that JYJ doesn’t still know how to lawyer up.

“The JYJ members sued the two magazine companies for violating picture rights,” a C-JeS spokesperson told eNEWS on Tuesday.

“The final litigation will take place in the middle of December.”

The C-JeS rep claims the record label asked the magazine publishers to stop using JYJ’s image to profit illegally, but they continued to do so.

“The magazines [editors] took the photos from press release or news reports and resized them to fit a whole page, filling multiple pages on their magazine or made them into picture books,” the record label rep explained.

“This clearly violates the photo rights and need to be sorted out in court.”

C-JeS Entertainment could not immediately be reached for comment. Further details of the lawsuit, including specifically which two magazine publishers were named in the lawsuit, have not been included in published reports.

But another C-JeS representative reportedly told Star News that the label is still hoping to settle.

“The publishing company for this case is said to be bankrupt right now so they have asked for an amicable solution,” the rep said.

“But if the same thing happens again, we will take strong legal action against them.”

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