Sony Accused of Using Unauthorized Music in “The Interview”

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The latest Sony controversy doesn’t involve the leak of information, it involves The Interview itself…

Yoon MiRae is a rapper and singer who has achieved much success in the Korean industry. MiRae was born in Texas, but has performed in South Korea since the mid-1990s. She is currently a member of the Korean hip-hop group Drunken Tiger.

MiRae’s label Feel Ghood Music says that a remix of her song “Pay Day” was used in The Interview without permission.

The label says they were in talks with Sony over the use of the song, but no agreement was made.

Feel Ghood also says they didn’t find out that Sony used the song until the movie came out. The song is used in a scene where James Franco and “Kim Jong-Un” party in a bar with Korean women dressed in lingerie.

Feel Ghood Music says they will take legal action against Sony.



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18 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    and again…

    what terrible reporting…

    does no one do their job anymore or what???

    music has become nothing more then an infestation of parasitic criminal scum…

      • Anonymous

        The “beef” is that in the movie the song is used in an equivalent manner to that instance when the Prince song was heard in the background of a YouTube video. And that here you are now assaulting our intellect parroting Mountain View’s phony indignation.

  2. highly unlikely

    “The label says they were in talks with Sony over the use of the song, but no agreement was made.”

    Sony Pictures just doesn’t make mistakes of this nature. As per the quote above, there was most likely a conformation latter as they were in touch with Sony, and/or Sony acquired the rights via another party.

    This is just some obscure band looking for press.

    • Nina Ulloa

      You should probably stop being ethnocentric and learn a thing or two about k-pop/rap before attempting the “obscure band” argument.

      • Anonymous

        everyone thinks the old merikan musik bidness is the center of the world, heck they think the ol us of a is the center of the universe and owns the world… they dont understand other countries and jurisdictions have their own music industries going on…

        sony likely couldnt wait to finish the negotiations so just went ahead with it anyways… precedents have been set to the point where there will be fair compensation to the band and label and all will be just fine!

        cant dick around all the time waiting for people to agree to something, i see no problem with this considering other things i know…

          • Musicservices4less

            I can’t believe I am agreeing somewhat with an “Anonymous” commentator on this site but in this case he/she is probably right. If this had all taken place with US companies/jurisdiction, “A” would be completely right. The rub is if it is under South Korean jurisdiction the music business customs/legal precedents may be slightly different. I don’t know and I am pretty sure “A” doesn’t know either.
            In any event, the only reason this matter is notable for this website (and Nina is right on this point) is because it involves what has turned out to be the watershed event in waking up corporate America to the necessity of cyber security. Sony’s hack and the idiot North Korean leader has shown the general public that a new battle “front” has/is being fought that most people were unaware of. Not only have criminals taken advantage of the Internet with identity theft and our chief concern regarding piracy and illegal downloading but there really is a war going on in the cloud. And now the sleeping tiger with public support has awoken. This will mark the beginning of the end of piracy and illegal file trading. FINALLY!!
            Note the Presidents’ recent pronouncement regarding regulation of the Internet. Hilary is basically a hawk and will be our next President and she will continue his policies in that direction. Also note her vast international experience.

          • Wonky1

            While it is the easiest way to get things done, it isn’t the right way. Always easier to ask for forgiveness than permission; although it may cost more in the end.

    • steveh

      Hey “Highly Unlikely” – It’s either her song/her label’s or it is not.

      If it is her song/her labels song, then how can the rights be acquired “from another party”? Eh?

  3. double0

    So since I am in the actual music industry I’ll chime in…

    When your song is in a movie you are notified sometimes a year in advance. Depending on where the production is it might even be under a “working title”. You agree on an amount (before signing anything). The movie goes through revisions, editing, renaming and no one knows if you scene even made it until final final final ass cut of the movie which could be less than a month before release.

    The reality is that there is probably also a 3d party licensing company involved. That slows communication down as well…

    I’ve had this happen on 21 & Over and Captain Phillips. The project name was different while filming & editing. You get a description of the scene and you verbally (or email) agree on an amount. Then it’s radio silence until the last minute when you find out if you made it or not. In the case of 21 & Over one of the homies hit us up and said congrats on the placement (he saw a screening) and we didnt even know what the final title was.

    • MM

      This whole thing has gone very far astray. First off, Drunken Tiger is not so obscure to us that actually license music to tv and film. Double O, I don’t know who is doing your placements, but your music is not going into a theatre or a screening if thats the final screening to show the finished product without you or your licensing company knowing and terms have been agreed to unless they either did a most favored nations which is the same pay across the board and you agreed to it and they sent you an invoice and a I-9 and you filled that out. In any case I have never done a movie based on an agreement and then placed that music, the screening and the release and the artist didn’t know and all bases were covered. I usually never give an amount until I see if the actual song fits the scene, and for them to see that you would have sent them your song, they are not going to download it or grab it from Youtube, it’s unusual, and to agree to an amount a year in advance when so much can change is not very good business practice. Tell me where Hozier was 4 months ago, did you know that name? Today he’s number one on Billboard and his songs are worth 20x the amount they were last year and the value he also brings to the picture now being a known name and voice.

      If they want to use your song, after they decide they really want to use it, you negotiate, if they really want to use it, they will work with you, and when they are really ready to place that in thats when that goes down.

      If MiRae did in fact have her music used without anyone knowing, herself, her label, manager, publishing company or licensing company, or if they have her music uploaded to any online music libraries and thats how they got it and nobody has a clue, then they do have a lawsuit waiting to happen. It is unusual for a company as big as Sony to make mistakes, but it actually falls on the music supervisor to make sure that all of the requests were agreed and signed and that all reps were made aware of the placement.

      And those of you who say this is crappy reporting, it’s just giving facts based on theresay until the actual facts giveway. Also, Nina, stay away from jumping down commenters throats, it’s unprofessional and it dosen’t help you find future gigs as we have seen what happens in the comments here, they can bring down a company. I wouldn’t want any of my writers interfering in comments, you wrote the article, you published it, handle the criticism.

      • Nina Ulloa

        if commenters can dish it they can take it. it’s a two way street. “Interfering in the comments” is the entire point of DMN.


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