Sony face another Interview headache

January 2015

Film production


What started with the leak of embarrassing emails and private data from Sony Pictures – ended with the claim by the FBI that North Korea was behind the cyber attack when the film The Interview depicting the fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was pulled from cinemas by the major cinemas – although North Korea denied any link to hackers, the so called ‘Guardians of Peace’ and asked for a joint investigation into the threats with the U.S. authorities. But that’s not the end of Sony’s woes: according to TorrentFreak, the film may have used a 30-second portion of the song “Pay Day” without reaching a final deal with K-Pop artist Yoon Mi-rae. Torrent Freak describes Yoon Mi-rae as a “US-born hip hop and R&B singer who currently releases music on the Feel Ghood Music label.” In the past, her music has reached the top spot on the Korean Music Charts and Billboard’s K-Pop Hot 100. The artist was apparently in negotiations with Sony to have “Pay Day” appear in The Interview, but no agreement was reached: “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 told Torrent Freak. “However, after the movie was released, we learned that the track had been used without permission, legal procedure, or contracts… 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.”

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