The Givers refute the fifty fifty copyright controversy and claim that the “Cupid” copyright was obtained legally

We would like to provide a comprehensive explanation of the copyright acquisition process for the song “Cupid” to address any remaining controversy and clearly demonstrate the factual relationship. The Givers no doubt insists that it obtained the copyright for “Cupid” through a legitimate process through its music publisher.

1. Did The Givers purchase the copyright without consulting ATTRAKT?

The Givers first acquired the copyright for “Cupid” on behalf of a third-party artist, regardless of ATTRAKT or fifty fifty. It is important to note that prior consultation with ATTRAKT is not necessary due to this initial arrangement.

– In April 2022, The Givers began contacting the publisher of the original “Cupid” song to acquire songs for artists unrelated to FIFTY FIFTY. Significant discussions regarding the use and approval of the song took place in May.

– The transfer of the original “Cupid” song, commonly known as the “demo song,” was performed with a third singer in mind who was not related to fifty fifty or ATTRAKT. Therefore, the claim that The Givers illegally acquired the copyright without ATTRAKT’s knowledge is baseless. We have sufficient records of communications with the publisher of the original song “Cupid” and the third singer, to be presented by an investigating agency or court.

– It is very important to distinguish between the “original song (demo song)” of “Cupid” and the “complete song” registered with the Korea Copyright Association. The registered work consists of additional arrangements and lyrics by Ahn Sung Il, added to the original composition by foreign composers and Korean lyricists. Therefore, it is important to acknowledge that The Givers had already transferred the copyright to the original “Cupid” song, unrelated to FIFTY FIFTY or ATTRAKT, prior to the decision to offer the song to FIFTY FIFTY. The intention is to provide them with very good music.

2. Does the Korea Music Copyright Association show a majority stake held by CEO Ahn Sung Il (SIAHN) and no stake for the original songwriters?

The Korea Music Copyright Association is responsible for the registration and management of copyright holders. The Givers had already obtained the copyright for the original “Cupid” song from the original song composers abroad prior to the registration. Because of this, the registration process with the Korea Music Copyright Association was conducted in consultation with them, which explains the absence of foreign composers’ names on the association’s website.

– The share details displayed on the association’s website represent the shares held by the actual writers of the completed song at the time of registration. Naturally, the names of the original composers of the song abroad, who transferred the copyright to The Givers before registration, were not included. The credit information of the original songwriters appears on official music platforms and sites where the source of the sound is announced, because the “right to the name” must be preserved even after the transfer of copyright.

– The Givers obtained the copyright for the original “Cupid” song from foreign composers, and shares were distributed based on each individual’s actual contribution, including lyrics, composition, and arrangement by CEO Ahn Sung Il (SIAHN), as well as Korean lyrics by AHIN and KEENA. Thus, the suspicion raised is completely baseless.

3. Do The Givers keep all profits from the “Cupid” sound source?

Regarding the revenue generated from the sound source, approximately 50% is secured by ATTRAKT, the album production company, while the copyright holder receives approximately 10-11%.

– As illustrated in the table below, the revenue distribution structure for music sources involves approximately 50% for music producers, 30-35% for service providers, 10-11% for copyright holders, and 6% for performers. ATTRAKT keeps about 50% of the revenue from the “Cupid” sound source, therefore, the claim that The Givers got all the revenue, is false.

4. Did The Givers falsify the signature of the Swedish composers and change the stake distribution?

1) Since all the copyrights of the foreign authors of the original song have been transferred to The Givers, the necessary rights and related procedures for the original “Cupid” song have been duly approved or entrusted to The Givers . The actions taken by the representatives of The Givers within the association, involving documentation and formal procedures, are all in accordance with the law and based on contractual agreements.

2) If the sharing of shares among composers deviates from the standard 1/n ratio and is agreed upon separately, it is registered through a “Confirmation of Change in Authorship Share.” However, the actual sharing of copyright remains unchanged.

– According to the copyright transfer agreement between a foreign composer and a publisher, “the assignee (The Givers) has discretionary authority over the manner, form, and other characteristics of the song’s credit.” This gave The Givers the legal ability to create sound sources that accommodate additional creative activities, such as additional composition, arrangement, and lyric writing, in addition to the original “Cupid” song.

– Transferring the copyright of the original song before releasing the sound source is not a common practice. While the copyright registration process has caused some confusion among staff at The Givers and individuals associated with the Music Copyright Association, it is important to recognize the context and purpose of the case data.

– Furthermore, the copyright for the finished song “Cupid” did not change from “1/n (including the original composers of the song abroad)” to a “distribution ratio negotiated between of composers.” The “distribution ratio negotiated between the composers” is reflected in the registration with the Korea Music Copyright Association because the registered works in Korea refer to the finished songs, not the original “Cupid” songs (demo songs). Original foreign song composers are never registered with the Korea Music Copyright Association.

– Therefore, it is not correct to say that The Givers and Ahn Sung Il took parts from foreign composers, as reported by some media outlets. The documentation produced during the registration process pertains only to the finished song “Kupido”.

– Some media reports have irresponsibly suggested that The Givers or CEO Ahn Sung Il forged the signatures of foreign composers. It is undeniable that The Givers, among others, was the copyright registrant for the finished “Cupid” song, and the entity that transferred the copyright of the original “Cupid” song was also The Givers. Concrete evidence regarding this matter will be revealed through investigations conducted by relevant agencies or within the court system in due course.

– Therefore, reporting that The Givers forged the signatures of original composers abroad recklessly and without any rights, as well as spreading false information without taking into account the contextual truth about The Givers, CEO Ahn Sung Il, and others involved in the case, show a lack of appreciation for the overall context and purpose of the data.


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