(Yoon Mi-rae in Dazed & Confused Korea)
Natasha Shanta Reid is a rapper/singer in Korea, who was born in Fort Hood, Texas to an African-American father and a Korean mother. She goes by the stage name Yoon Mi-rae. The popular musician claims that Sony used a clip of her hit single “Pay Day” in the controversial film The Interview without her permission and without compensating her.
According to a statement released by her record label Feel Ghood Music,
There were initial discussions for using “Pay Day” in the movie, but at some point, the discussions ceased and we assumed that it would not follow through. However, after the movie was released, we learned that the track had been used without permission, legal procedure, or contracts. We will be taking legal action against Sony Pictures as well as DFSB, the agency that had been carrying out the discussion regarding the use of the track.
A 31-second clip of the song can be heard during a raunchy party scene in the film with James Franco’s character and Randall Park as Kim Jong-un.
Sony has not commented publicly on the accusations of copyright infringement. Since it’s release on December 25th, The Interview has become Sony’s most successful online release, making over $15 million in online sales.