C-JeS Entertainment Issues Statement About Legal Action Against Malicious Commenters
C-JeS Entertainment will be taking measures to protect its artists.
The agency houses artists including JYJ, Ryu Jun Yeol, Gummy, Hwang Jung Eum, and many more. On December 5, it released a statement titled “Notice about legal response to protect the rights and interest of our artists.”
The statement is as follows:
“Hello. This is C-JeS Entertainment.
“We are constantly monitoring various portal sites, online communities, and social networking sites. Through emails submitted by fans, we have collected cases of illegal acts such as malicious defamation and the spread of groundless information about our artists, and have filed criminal complaints. We have already made several announcements to inform you that we will immediately take legal action without leniency in instances where our agency’s artists are defamed or personally insulted.
“Cases of unqualified rebuke, defamation, personal attacks, and the spread of false information online about our agency’s artists that are not sound criticism are clearly illegal acts. Due to this, the artists are suffering mental harm and defamation, and the fans are also suffering. In response, we have been reporting and filing complaints to investigative authorities on a regular basis, and have stated our firm position of no settlement or leniency under any circumstances.
“In particular, the act of spreading rumors with the intent of defaming someone or presenting lies as truth is a punishable offense under Article 70 of the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network as ‘cyber libel’ which has an additional punishment. Even in online communities or social media platforms where anonymity is guaranteed, if one continues to post malicious comments and posts, investigative authorities can track the IP (Internet Protocol) to check the personal information of the writer. The internet is recognized as an open space, and false information with an intent to defame is easily acknowledged as a crime.
“There were repeated occurrences where false information, rumors, and malicious posts were continuing to be posted on Twitter and DC Gallery where it is possible to remain anonymous. Since this year, we have been collecting information through a specific accumulation of IPs to actively take legal action. Also, when the disposition of the cases we have filed come out, we will reveal the facts and contents of the lawsuit in order to use all of our efforts to eradicate the malicious commenters. We are proceeding with the information that the fans have e-mailed us including the PDF files, so we ask for the cooperation from fans. Thank you.”