Hmm, that sounds like “Pay Day.” While it would pale in comparison with the film’s possible role in an ongoing conflict with North Korea, Sony’s The Interview could face new drama in the form of a copyright lawsuit. According to Torrent Freak, 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 “Payday” appear in The Interview, but no agreement was reached—and her song was used anyway.
“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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