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Court says song containing alcohol-related phrases unharmfulBy
Published : Aug. 26, 2011 - 09:44
SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Yonhap) -- A local court ruled on Thursday that a K-pop song should not be labeled by censors as "harmful to juveniles" just because it contains alcohol-related lyrics.
The court ordered the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family to cancel its classification of a song as harmful material, ruling partly in favor of the complainant.
The ruling is expected to affect the ministry's planned revision of current censorship standards on domestic pop songs, criticized as being too strict.
"It is hard to hastily judge that a song being sold to minors is meant to encourage drinking simply because its lyrics contain such phrases as 'alcohol' or 'being drunk'," Judge Ahn Cheol-sang of the Seoul Administrative Court said in a verdict.
SM Entertainment, a leading local entertainment agency, filed the lawsuit in March, claiming the ministry's excessively strict censorship standards may infringe upon musicians' freedom of expression.
The move came after the ministry labeled a popular song on the agency's compilation album as harmful material, citing such alcohol-related expressions as "(I) want to be drunk in order not to miss you" and "I dream when I fall asleep drunk."
In the ruling, the court recognized that the song used these expressions to effectively describe the pain of breaking up with a lover.
By law, a music album classified as being "harmful" is banned from being sold to those younger than 19 years old and being aired on TV and radio before 10 p.m. every night.
술 문구 들어간 노래 유해성 없다: 법원
SM, 청소년유해매체물 취소訴 사실상 승소
(서울=연합뉴스) 이상현 기자 = 서울행정법원 행정7부(안철상 부장판사)는 25일 SM엔터테인먼트가 여성가족부를 상대로 낸 청소년유해매체물 결정통보 및 고시처분 취소청구 소송에서 사실상 원고 승소로 판결했다.
재판부는 “술은 마약류나 환각류와는 달라 노래 가사에 문구가 포함돼 있다고 해서 유해성이 있다고 단정하기 어렵다”며 유해매체 결정을 취소해야 한다고 밝혔다.
재판부는 다만 “통보 부분은 소송의 대상이 될 수 없다”며 각하했다.
SM은 `SM 더 발라드’의 음반에 수록된 노래 가사 중 `술에 취해 널 그리지 않게‘ 등의 부분이 청소년에게 부정적 영향을 끼친다며 여성가족부로부터 청소년유해매체물 결정을 받자 `특정 단어에 국한해 이뤄지는 결정이 일반화되면 창작과 표현의 자유를 저해할 여지가 있다’며 올해 3월 소송을 냈다.
청소년유해매체물로 결정된 음반은 청소년보호법에 따라 ‘19세 미만 판매금지’라는 스티커를 붙여 판매해야 하며 밤 10시 이전에 방송할 수 없고, 음악사이트에 배포하거나 방송활동•공연 등에 사용하려면 지적된 가사를 수정해야 한다.
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