UEE – wins lawsuit over plastic surgery photos
Jimmy Pak, Jan. 27, 2014, 11:35 a.m.
UEE wins her lawsuit against the plastic surgeon that unlawfully used surgery pictures. Surgeon Dr. Jung operated a blog that promoted his hospital in July of 2012. The blog post was titled ‘UEE’s diet’ with "During her early debut days, UEE is pretty. But the fat on her thighs and stomach could be worked on" along with photos of UEE’s stomach and thighs.
Pledis Entertainment immediately protested the use of the photos and was sued for damages in the amount of W 20,000,000 (approx. $18,520.00). During the trial, Dr. Jung protested, "I just posted things that were reported. I did not mean to defame her character, and I didn't use her portrait rights for commercial uses, either." However, the court took UEE's side, saying, "You have violated her publicity rights."
The judge said, "Dr. Jung ran the blog because he wanted to advertise at a low cost. To advertise, he talked about UEE, who is a well-known figure. He meant to increase the hits on his blog by posting the photos. Even though the photos of UEE on the blog were those that were already published, UEE did not allow Dr. Jung to use those photos to promote his hospital. It's true that her publicity rights were violated, not that her character was defamed."