The copyright dispute over the variety

The copyright dispute over the variety show “I Am Solo” between the Korea Broadcasting Writers Association and the director Nam KyuHong has entered a new phase, becoming a hot topic in Korean broadcast entertainment

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This dispute raises significant questions about the rights of creators and the future of the broadcasting industry beyond a simple argument.

Following reports that began on the 8th, the Korea Broadcasting Writers Association released an official statement on the 15th. The association claims that Chonjang Entertainment TV, the production company behind “I Am Solo,” distorted facts about the copyright of broadcast writers and the standard contract through their statement. It also refutes accusations that the association monopolizes the royalties for reruns, explaining that this misunderstanding concerns the association’s role in managing the copyright of approximately 4,800 broadcast writers.

The issue began when Nam KyuHong amended the copyright-related content of the standard contract and added himself and his daughter to the list of writers. Nam KyuHong clarified that he did not covet the substantial royalties from reruns and included himself and his daughter in the writer list because they actually performed writing roles. However, the Korea Broadcasting Writers Association emphasizes that, according to copyright law, the copyright of scripts written by broadcast writers belongs to the creators, and they should receive a usage fee if the program is rerun.

The association criticizes Nam KyuHong for making unfair credit demands on writers and asking them to leave the program if they raised objections, without resolving the issue of rerun royalties. This is pointed out as an unfair practice under the Artist Rights Protection Law, and the association urges Nam KyuHong, ENA, and SBS Plus to promptly resolve the issue and prepare measures to prevent recurrence.

This dispute has sparked a broad discussion on the recognition and respect for rights between broadcast writers and producers, extending beyond a single program issue. The future developments of the “I Am Solo” situation are expected to significantly impact copyright awareness and creator protection in the broadcasting industry. There is anticipation for more attention and continuous updates on this case, which seeks to balance fairness in the broadcasting industry and protect creators’ rights.


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