Ahn Sung-il, the executive producer of the group FIFTY FIFTY and CEO of The Givers, has become embroiled in a controversy regarding the forgery of autographs belonging to foreign composers.
Korea Media Dispatch reported on the 17th that it obtained a confirmation of a share change submitted by Ahn Sung-il, CEO of The Givers, to the Copyright Association. According to reports, Ahn Sung-il submitted a share change request in March to transfer a 74.5% stake of the FIFTY FIFTY song "Cupid" from three Swedish composers to himself and the company.
Ahn Sung-il plans to increase his stake in "Cupid" to 95.5% in the future. As a result, the stake of the three Swedish composers will be reduced from 0% to a lower value, and the stake of FIFTY FIFTY member Kina's lyrics will decrease from 6.5% to 0.5%.
The issue arises from the fact that Attract, the agency representing the group, was unaware of this change in stakes. Ahn Sung-il made separate payments to the three composers to acquire their copyrights without informing Jeon Hong-joon, the representative of Attract. In February of this year, a "right transfer contract" was signed to acquire all the shares of the composer. According to the service contract, The Givers, as a service company, is required to engage in a preliminary consultation process with its agency Attract when carrying out tasks related to FIFTY FIFTY.
Ahn Sung-il is also suspected of forging autographs on the signature column of the Swedish composers and submitting them to the association during the process of changing the copyright shares.
Dispatch pointed out the differences between the rights transfer agreement that Ahn Sung-il drafted when purchasing the Cupid copyright and the signatures of the Swedish composers on the submitted confirmation of share change to the Copyright Association. The media outlet consulted a handwriting expert to evaluate the handwriting in the contract and the confirmation of the change in equity. The expert's analysis suggests that the signatures appear to have been written in different handwriting styles.
To date, there have been two known instances of Ahn Sung-il's signature forgery. Initially, Ahn Sung-il submitted a fake signature under the name of a staff member of The Givers, but it was rejected due to lack of supporting documents. Subsequently, he changed the submitter's name to his own and made a second attempt, falsely signing as the Swedish composer.
The Givers are currently verifying the truthfulness of the report.
Meanwhile, a dispute has arisen between FIFTY FIFTY's agency, Attract, and The Givers, the service company, over allegations of member exploitation and interference with their work.
Unveiling the intricate web of accusations involving Ahn Sung-il, the executive producer of FIFTY FIFTY and CEO of The Givers.
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