Pledis CEO Han Sung Soo Gives Up Rights To IZ*ONE's Music + To Return Royalties

Pledis Entertainment’s CEO Han Sung Soo has given up his rights to IZ*ONE’s songs.

Last month, it was reported that Han Sung Soo had unfairly profited from royalties for IZ*ONE’s music by registering his copyrights under his wife’s name. Han Sung Soo had stated that while he had participated in the music creation process and wanted to be compensated for it, it was thoughtless of him to receive royalties under his wife’s name.

On June 15, Dispatch released a report stating that they had checked with the Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA) to find that only one out of the previous eight songs were registered under the name So Jay (Han Sung Soo’s wife). So Jay was no longer registered as a lyricist for any song and only had rights to IZ*ONE’s “We Together” as a composer. According to Dispatch, Han Sung Soo will also be returning the royalties he gained unfairly under his wife’s name.

A source from Pledis Entertainment confirmed that the report is true. They said to Sports Kyunghyang, “The report stating that CEO Han Sung Soo gave up his rights to IZ*ONE’s songs and will return the royalties he had unfairly taken under his wife’s name is true. The report states that it was seven songs [for which he gave up his copyrights], but his rights to the remaining song ‘We Together’ will also be [given up]. He now owns no portion of IZ*ONE’s songs.”

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