Roy Kim wins lawsuit
A composer and singer of Christian music surnamed Kim filed a lawsuit against the 22-year-old and his agency, CJ E&M, for partly copying his song in 2013.
The Seoul Central District Court, however, ruled in favor of the singer and CJ E&M last week, according to the entertainment company on Friday.
“Even though there are few similarities in the two songs’ melody, harmony and rhythm, quite a lot of the parts are different,” stated the court.
“Since the emotion that music garners from people can change by even a small difference in tune or rhythm, it is difficult to conclude that the two songs are practically similar.”
In response, CJ E&M stated, “From the recent ruling, it has been clearly confirmed that ‘Bom Bom Bom’ was purely created by Roy Kim.”
“We respect the ruling of the court and we will take strict measures against any suspicions of plagiarism [of Kim’s music], putting forward the best support toward the singer’s musical career.”
The entertainment company also expressed gratitude toward Kim’s fans for their unwavering support over the last two years while the legal battle was ongoing.
By Jin Min-ji