[Notice] Update Notice on Legal Proceedings Against Violation of Artist Rights (June 29)

June 29, 2021 KST

Hello.

This is BIGHIT MUSIC.

Our company regularly initiates legal proceedings against perpetrators of malicious activities related to BTS, including ill-intentioned criticism, the spread of groundless information, sexual harassment, personal attacks and defamation. We would like to provide an update on these activities.

We have filed criminal complaints for defamation (Article 70 of the Act on Promotion of Information and Communication Network Utilization and Information Protection, etc.) and insult (Article 311 of the Criminal Act) against perpetrators who engaged in repeated posting or spreading malicious replies and writings exceeding the boundaries of socially-acceptable expression of opinions on online communities, blogs and social media.   

In addition, a stay of proceedings that had been issued for a previous complaint due to uncertainty of the defendant’s place of residence was lifted after the perpetrator was newly identified and law enforcement ordered additional investigation. For cases where the criminal complaint was concluded with a sentencing, we filed additional civil suits for damages. 

As can be illustrated by these examples, our company is committed to the relentless pursuit of perpetrators of malicious postings; we ask for your understanding that we may be unable to release further details or comment on pending cases to ensure that perpetrators can be identified and investigations remain confidential. We will continue to initiate strict measures to ensure that perpetrators who engage in these malicious acts are prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and our policy of no settlement and no leniency remains in effect.

BIGHIT regularly collects information on malicious postings regarding BTS, reports them to the authorities and files criminal complaints. We ask all fans to make use of the new BIGHIT MUSIC legal hotline (protect@bighitmusic.co.kr) to submit information regarding BIGHIT MUSIC artists. 

We are always grateful for the affection and dedication shown by our fans of BTS.

We will continue to work to ensure that the rights of our artists are fully protected.

Thank you.

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