Thursday, January 9, 2014
[News] 35 celebrities lose lawsuit against plastic surgery clinic for alleged commercial usage of their photos
It has been revealed that 35 celebrities lost a damage suit against a plastic surgery clinic for allegedly violating the celebrities' right of publicity by using their names and photos for commercial purposes.
The Seoul Central District Court stated on the 8th, "In January of last year, Jang Dong Gun, Song Hye Gyo, Kim Nam Gil, and more filed a damage suit against a plastic surgery clinic director Mr. Cho in Gangnam, Seoul and have lost the case." It has been revealed that Wonder Girls, 2PM, TVXQ, Super Junior, and Girls' Generation are also among the idol groups who filed a claim for damages for the commercial usage of their names and photos without permission.
The court explained that there was not enough evidence as they stated, "Rights of publicity are needed for the growth of the entertainment and advertisement industry as well as increase in disputes concerning advertisements... However, as there are no legal regulations, it is hard to acknowledge rights of publicity... There needs to be specific legal evidence for us to acknowledge it, such as validated and protected rights of publicity."
"Even if their rights of publicity were to be acknowledged, considering the photos posted up for the plastic surgery clinic's promotional and separate categories, it is difficult to prove that they earned profit from it... We can't see it as a violation of the plaintiffs' right of publicity."