Hyun BinThe agency announced that it will take legal action against a photo book by the actor that is due to be released in Japan without permission.
On August 18, a Japanese media broadcast reported that a book of Hyun Bin’s photos taken while serving in the Marine Corps would be republished on September 7. The re-release is inspired by the popularity of Hyun Bin’s drama “Crash Landing on You,” in which he played a North Korean soldier.
The book in question was published as an electronic book in South Korea back in 2012. It was made available in an offline version in Japan in 2014 following a contract with a Japanese publisher. The Hyun Bin agency was excluded from this contract. The photos in the book were taken by the Marines for public use, but were for sale. As civil servants, members of the military have no portrait rights to their pictures.
Later on August 18, Hyun Bin’s agency VAST Entertainment announced that it would take legal action against a Korean publisher. A source from the agency stated, “Just like in 2014, we didn’t hear about the re-release in Japan. We saw it was available for pre-order on Amazon Japan and contacted the current publisher. The publisher was nervous and said it was the The opinion is that the Korean agency has already given permission. “
The source continued, “In 2014 we decided it was a Marine Corps matter and we did not take legal action. This time it is different. For the past 10 years, photos taken for public use have been It is a topic that private companies have been interested in. We recently had discussions with a law firm and will take legal action. “
A source from Planet Media, the domestic publisher who signed the reprint contract with the Japanese publisher, said, “We are simply publishing the content that was published five years ago with no new material. It’s about the Marine Hyun Bin, not the actor Hyun Bin, and was released under the agreement between the publisher and the Marines, so Hyun Bin past and current agencies have nothing to do with it. “
A Marine Corps source stated, “We first heard about the re-release in Japan through news articles. The publisher has not entered into any agreement with the Marine Corps in this regard. “When asked if the Marines had any plans to reach an agreement in the future, the source said,” We need to investigate further. “
Hyun Bin is currently shooting the film “Bargaining” (working title), which is based on the 2007 South Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan.
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