Actress Lee Ji-ah filed a publicity suit against a doctor who used a unauthorized picture of her but lost.
The Seoul Central District Court claimed that Lee Ji-ah"s claim of the doctor using her picture for profitable use was not good enough of a case and took the hand of the doctor. The said picture doesn"t state the name of the hospital so it doesn"t seem like she got abdominal plastic surgery there. The court says singers, actors and actresses and anyone with fame are hardly allowing anyone to use their picture so their portrait protection is far more limited than regular people.
Lee Ji-ah sued the doctor who used her picture by adding the words, "Are Lee Ji-ah"s abs possible with surgery?" The court ruled that the doctor did violate publicity rights by using her picture without permission for his profits and fined him 3 million won.