Two big court cases and a disappointing tour announcement grabbed our attention in the headlines this week. Check out the top K-pop news stories of the week:
EXO’s Lay Reportedly Not Attending Japanese Concerts
Due to EXO’s member Lay’s continuous activities in China, the singer will not be appearing at several of EXO’s concerts in Japan. Lay will be absent from group’s shows that will be held in Japan through Oct. 31 and Nov. 15. The K-pop idol is unable to attend the Japanese concert dates due to his numerous appearances in Chinese variety shows and films. SM Entertainment, EXO’s agency, related to fans via EXO’s official Japanese site that Lay’s scheduled activities could not be changed so he will be absent from the show.
Lay has appeared on multiple Chinese variety shows and will appear in Jackie Chan’s upcoming film, “Kung Fu Yoga.”
CJ E&M & CJ E&M America Sued For $50 Million USD
DFSB Kollective, a South Korean company that specializes in worldwide distrubtion of Korean music, is suing the Korea’s largest media and entertainment company CJ E&M and its American counterpart CJ E&M America for $50 million USD in the largest music copywrite case in the United States this year. DFSB Kollective’s suit against CJ E&M and CJ E&M America revolves around distribution rights and digital sales.
The case will go to court on March 1, 2016.
Girls’ Generation Awarded Sole Use Of Name In Court
A 2007 court case came to an end this week, when the South Korean Supreme Court determined that Girls’ Generation’s public appeal is so great that the girl group’s agency, SM Entertainment, had the sole use of the name “Girls Generation” while promoting the group. The lawsuit was brought about after a retailer registered the trademark ten days after Girls’ Generation debuted in 2007 and SM Entertainment countered the trademark.
The Supreme Court determined that girl group’s “high level of brand awareness” could lead to potential confusion from consumers, resulting in the decision that Girls’ Generation alone could use their name.
Tamar Herman is a multi-media journalist and the co-founder of KultScene. She is a freelance writer and copy editor, and has written for MTV Iggy, Noisey, and Paste Magazine.