Court Rules Park Jin Young Guilty of Partial Plagiarism
A court has ruled that the song Someday, sung by IU, was partially plagiarized.
The Seoul Central District Court ruled at 2 p.m. on February 10 that the song, composed by Park Jin Young, was plagiarized from a song composed by Kim Shin Il. According to the court, “four bars from Kim Shin Il’s song carry remarkable similarities with the song by Park Jin Young,” and ruled in favor of Kim Shin Il.
The court ruled portions of the song were plagiarized and ordered the defendant (Park Jin Young) to pay 21.67 million won to the plaintiff (Kim Shin Il) for damages.
After the court’s ruling, Kim Shin Il spoke with enews via a phone interview and said, “Though I won today’s court ruling against Park Jin Young, my mind is not fully at ease. Both of us being music producers, I wanted to keep my pride and put this issue to rest through a direct settlement but his side kept refusing which led to where we are now and today’s ruling."
He went on to say, “I am thankful to the court for its clear ruling today. Because of the trial I was unable to make music for a long time but I am looking forward to composing once again.”
As for JYP Entertainment, they have made it clear that they will appeal today′s ruling.
JYPE released an official press release stating, “Today’s ruling is unacceptable and we are preparing to appeal the decision. When our song Someday was being produced we had never even once heard of their song, To My Man. We will lodge an appeal as soon as possible to receive a higher court’s opinion.”
The court battle began in July of last year when Kim Shin Il filed a suit against JYP Entertainment on charges Someday, which was composed and written by Park Jin Young, had plagiarized Kim Shin Il’s composed song To My Man which was included in artist Ash’s second album. Kim Shin Il had asked in the original suit for 110 million won in damages.
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