FNC Entertainment boy band CNBlue finally ended their ongoing legal dispute with indie punk band Crying Nut for copyright infringement on Wednesday, February 3rd through a court verdict.
Crying Nut had sued both CNBlue and their label agency FNC Ent. six years ago for unauthorized use of their song “Pilsal Off-Side” while appearing on Mnet’s M Countdown in 2010. As per the Seoul Central Court order both CNBlue and FNC Ent. have been heavily penalized with damages amounting to 15 million KRW to be paid as compensation.
Crying Nut’s side asserted, the original song Pilsal Off-Side was penned by their member Lee Sang Hyuk for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and was released by the band. They claimed that CNBlue lip-synched to the original recording of the song when they were featured on Mnet’s M Countdown, without prior permission.
The issue got blown out of proportion when CNBLUE’s Japanese DVD album released a year later included the same performance from the Mnet’s show. Crying Nut insisted that CNBlue made profit from the release of this DVD and must be held liable for the same. While the court only held CNBlue liable for the performance on the show, they were not held responsible for inclusion of the performance video on the DVD. Mnet’s parent broadcasting company, CJ E&M and another company were responsible for the DVD sales, hence they had already paid 40 million KRW in compensation to Crying Nut.
CNBlue also went on to countersue Crying Nut filing an injunction against them for spreading false information and damaging the group’s reputation as Hallyu stars, but their argument was rejected by the court.
While Crying Nut is the best selling independent rock band, they are also one of the most influential punk band in South Korea. The song Pilsal Off-Side was featured in the band’s fourth studio album, The Secondhand Radio released in 2002.
CNBlue is a four member pop rock band managed by FNC Entertainment. The boys are lately active in their music career apart from their acting ventures and own solo activities. CNBlue is currently on CNBLUE Live – Come Together concert tour with the Singapore leg of the concert coming up on February 13th.