Idol rock band CNBLUE is once again caught in a copyright violation controversy, this time with a Korean indie band, Crying Nut.
Crying Nut’s management firm Drug Record sued the idol band and their agency FNC Entertainment for damages citing an infringement of their copyright. The issue has been taken to the Seoul Central District Court on February 12.
Suing CNBLUE and their agency for 40 million Korean Won [approximately 36,866 U.S. dollars], the indie lable claimed that CNBLUE used the original sound source of Crying Nut’s song, “Deadly Offside” [translated title] without their permission on a TV program and included the footage of the performance on their DVD.
Drug Record’s C.E.O Kim Woong argued, “when CNBLUE performed the song on Mnet’s music show “M! CountDown,” they used the original song which Crying Nut sang and performed, instead of doing a cover the song for which they received approval from the Korea Music Copyright Association.”
“They also included the footage in their Japanese DVD released in August 2010,” Kim continued, “this was done without our explicit permission.”
Meanwhile, FNC Entertainment’s Han Sung-ho claimed that the original music source was provided by the show’s producers and that the DVD was published without the knowledge of his company.
“The ‘M! CountDown’ producers unexpectedly asked CNBLUE to sing the song with the instrumental accompaniment they prepared,” Han explained, “As a rookie band, they were in no such position to disobey the producers. They sang to the instrumental version but the members told the producers that the chorus was too loud after the performance.”
Han pleaded their innocence adding, “the DVD was issued by the copyright-holding company without our permission. We didn’t know about the publishing at that time and only found out about it afterwards.”
The C.E.O continued that, “Crying Nut and their agency are trying to smear our name with the lawsuit because they know what the broadcasting environment is like in Korea. They have already reached an agreement with the DVD company. We, as victims, are going to file a damage suit against Mnet and the DVD company for defamation.”
This marks the second controversy for CNBLUE involving the indie music scene after their first case in January 2010.
The group was embroiled in a plagiarism controversy after a Korean indie band, “Ynot?” claimed that CNBLUE`s debut hit “I`m a Loner” had copied the melody of their song “Bluebird”. CNBLUE became cleared of the charge in April 2011 by the court`s decision which stated that there is no melodic similarity between the two songs.
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