Sony About To Get Sued For Pirated Music In ‘The Interview’
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Sony‘s motion picture The Interview is shaping up to be one of the most controversial flicks in the history of the movie industry and Sony is fighting an uphill battle.
Aside from the major hack, initial difficulties regarding distribution, and then millions of pirated versions being downloaded without paying, let alone potentially starting a full fledged nuclear war with North Korea, Sony may have even more issues on their hands.
There is a singer out there who’s claiming that Sony used her music in The Interview even after they weren’t able to reach a publishing agreement to use her music.
Yoon Mi-rae (real name Natasha Shanta Reid) is a US-born hip hop and R&B singer who currently releases music on the Feel Ghood Music label. Her song “Touch Love” reached #1 on Billboard’s Korean Music Chart. That recognition, and her afiliation with Korea, got her noticed by Sony, who wanted to use her song “Pay Day” in the movie.
“There were initial discussions for using ‘Pay Day‘ in the movie, but at some point, the discussions ceased and we assumed that it would not follow through,” Feel Ghood Music says.
“However, after the movie was released, we learned that the track had been used without permission, legal procedure, or contracts.”
And now, in addition to all their other issues, they will be facing a copyright infringement lawsuit.
“We will be taking legal action against Sony Pictures as well as DFSB, the agency that had been carrying out the discussion regarding the use of the track,” the label says.
At least Sony has one thing going for them. Sales from the movie are going to be fantastic, even without releasing it in major theaters.
So we think Sony is going to be just fine.