March 16, 2015 10:17
The Seoul Central District Court on Sunday ruled that a herbal clinic did not infringe on actress Uee's rights by using her photos on its blog.
The clinic posted four photos of the svelte actress to advertise the benefits of its diet regimen, prompting Uee to sue the clinic for W20 million (US$1=W1,129) for using her image without permission.
Korean law does not recognize the exclusive right of a person to use their own pictures for commercial purposes.
The court at first instance ordered the clinic to pay Uee W5 million (US$1=W1,129) in compensation because the commercial rights to a celebrity's image should be recognized, as they are in the U.S., Japan and Germany.
But an appeals court ruled against the actress, saying local law does not so far recognize these rights. The court also said the photos of Uee the clinic used were just a small portion of the 391 it posted on its blog.
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