Singer Yang Joon-il, who was accused of violating the copyright law, reaffirmed its position that there was no legal problem by transferring the copyright from an American co-composer.
An official from Yang Joon-il told Yonhap News on the 13th, “It is the same as the copyright-related position announced in September of last year.”
Even though an American composer made four songs from Yang Joon-il’s 2nd album (1992), such as’The Back of You Who Caught My Curiosity’, claims were raised that Yang Joon-il registered with the Korean Music Copyright Association under his name.
At the time, the agency production Hwang Lee posted a statement on the website and said, “The songs were jointly worked by Yang Jun-il and (American producer) PB Floyd.” According to this, part of the copyright of PB Floyd was transferred to Mr. Junil Yang.”
He emphasized that “the transfer of copyright is possible in accordance with Article 45, Paragraph 1 of the Copyright Act, and there is no legal problem.”
However, eight accusers claiming to be Yang Joon-il’s long-time fans accused Yang Joon-il of violating copyright law and accused him to the police the day before. Choi Jang-ho, a lawyer representing them, filed a complaint with the Seongbuk Police Station in Seoul the day before.
The accusers heard that among the rights constituting copyright, the’authority property’ is transferable, as Yang Joon-il argued, but the’authority moral right’, including the right to make a statement, cannot be transferred.
The Korea Music Copyright Association, registered by Yang Joon-il, is a trust management organization that manages copyrights of lyricists and composers. However, for music written and composed by several people, it is common to register all the participants.
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