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27 November 2010

[NEWS] Big Bang Japanese sues publisher over unauthorized magazine

Korean group BIG BANG has filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court against Oakla Publishing over unauthorized use of their image and name in a magazine. The group is seeking an injunction against the sale of the magazine, along with approximately 30 million yen in damages.

In October, Oakla released a special magazine titled “Saishun K-POP Star Tokubetsu Henshu BIG BANG.” According to the lawsuit, Oakla did not obtain permission to use the images and names of the group’s members. Because this is a commercial use of their identity, it would count as an infringement on their right to publicity.

Oakla was unable to comment by the time of the news report, due to the absence of the person in charge of the project.

This is not the first time that the publisher has been sued for unauthorized use of someone’s likeness. Korean actor Bae Yong Joon also filed a suit previously with the Tokyo District Court, and last month Oakla was ordered to pay 4.4 million yen in damages.

(source: tokyograph)

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