Hip hop duo Leessang‘s member Gary voiced his frustration over the music industry and the copyright system.
On July 21, the rapper posted on his Facebook page, “I want to leave this industry… It’s like my life is getting shorter from stress,” along with a link to an article talking about copyrights. He further mentioned that he has not been paid the 3.5 billion won (approximately $3 million USD)* from two months, and asked other copyright owners to check their balances as well.
He claimed that he has not been paid the right amount of copyright payments by the Korean Music Copyright Association, and no further explanation to justify why.
He has also voiced his concerns in January of this year, when he posted, “Musicians, how did you receive your copyright payments? Since last year, I’ve only gotten copyright payments in the exact same amount. Stay strong, musicians.”
The Korean Music Copyright Association announced after his post that they “have since solved the problem regarding copyrights” and that “[they] are looking into the issues brought forth [by Gary].” They added that they will be issuing their official statement shortly.
*This article previously misstated the amount as 35 billion won.