A large American entertainment agency settled with a Korean singer over the unlicensed use of her song in one of the most controversial films of 2014.
On May 13, Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed that the company came to an understanding with the representatives of Korean singer Yoon Mirae.
Yoon’s song “Pay Day” appeared without permission in the Sony film “The Interview,” starring James Franco and Seth Rogan.
“We admit to using Yoon Mirae′s song Pay Day before the signing of the license,” said Sony Pictures representatives.
“Both sides have come to an agreement.” Yoon Mirae’s agency, Feel Ghood Music, confirmed Sony’s claims.
Neither Feel Ghood Music nor Sony Pictures Entertainment clarified what terms the two sides settled on, although both sides confirmed that an agreement was reached regarding the previously unlicensed usage of the song.
The issue came to light in 2014 amidst the controversial release of Sony’s “The Interview.” The film depicts two Americans who go to North Korea with the intention to kill the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un.
One party scene featured Yoon’s song, despite Feel Ghood Music never formalizing a contract with Sony.
The two sides had previously been in talks, but nothing had been finalized prior to the December 2014 release date of “The Interview.” “When we contacted Sony about using ‘Pay Day,” without permission in The Interview , we were initially told that there was a signed contract,” said Feel Ghood Music’s representative in January.
“That is not true, so we decided to take legal action on December 26 of last year.
Approximately two weeks later, Sony responded by saying that the contract originally mentioned did not exist, confirming that Sony’s explanation was a lie.” “The Interview” was released online due to cancellation of official theatrical releases due to alleged threats from North Korea.
The film grossed $11.3 million, according to Box Office Mojo .
— Tamar Herman is a multi-media journalist and the co-founder of KultScene .
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