Regarding filing suit against Okura Publishing Company
We would like to report to you that Bae Yong Joon has filed a suit for damages
on the ground of infringe on portrait rights (publicity rights) against Okura
Publishing Company (Meguro-ku Tokyo, representative president Masahiro Nagashima)
on 12 February 2009 at Tokyo District Court.
Okura Publishing has published and sold the magazine “Bae Yong Joon Japan Visit Special, It’s Koreal July 2008 extra issue” which has used large amount of Bae Yong Joon photos.
Through private attorney, BYJ and BOF international have repeatedly requested Okura Publishing for cancellation of sales of the mentioned magazine and compensation for the damages.
However, Okura Publishing have not accepted our request and continued sales
of the mentioned magazine.
Under these circumstances, we have determined it is difficult to settle through negotiations and have no choice but to bring a case.
Currently, there are many illegal goods, copied goods and pirates goods of BYJ related products which are distributed in market and purchased by many fans without knowing it.
BOF international will strictly deal with these products including law enforcement.
We will continue to stand firmly against any situation that we determine
as violation of Bae Yong Joon’s portrait rights (publicity rights).
BOF international, Inc.