K-Pop Stars Consider Legal Action Over Use of Music in 'The Interview'

The Interview Still 6 - H 2014
Ed Araquel

The Interview Still 6 - H 2014

South Korean hip-hop stars claim that a contract was never signed for their song 'Pay Day'

As The Interview has made its way to South Korean shores via online piracy, two K-pop artists have claimed that the film has made unauthorized use of their music.

Tiger JK and Yoon Mi-rae's (aka Tasha Reid) agency Feel Ghood Music said Friday in a press release that the pair's duet piece, "Pay Day," is featured in the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy, but a contract was never signed. About 10 to 15 seconds of the song appears in the film.

"There were initial discussions about including the song in the film score, but negotiations stopped so we were under the impression that it wasn't happening," said the press release. "It was only after the film was released that we became aware of the song's unauthorized use, without taking the appropriate and necessary steps to complete a contract with the artists."

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The statement said the artists are exploring legal options regarding the use of the music. DFSB, an agency that handled talks with Sony Pictures, is also involved in the discussions.

Tiger JK and Yoon are both pioneering hip-hop icons in Korea who are credited with introducing the genre in the country in the 1990s. The two married in 2007 and have a son.

Dec. 29, 6:58 p.m. Updated with additional information from Feel Ghood Music, which is working together with DFSB to explore legal options. A previous version of the story reported that Feel Ghood Music was planning on taking legal action against DFSB.