New & old company pitted against each other? The heavenly king Jay Chou reveals that 50 million may be provisionally detained
Translated by: CJay (www.jay-chou.net)
「亞洲小天王」周杰倫(周董)驚傳遭假扣押5千萬元！原因是周杰倫在今年3月結束與老東家阿爾發的經紀約後 單飛，和以前拉拔他的楊峻榮成立杰威爾音樂，結果雙方在音樂著作權上發生糾紛，被老東家阿爾發音樂認為是侵 害到該公司擁有的音樂著作權，向台北地方法院聲請假扣押周杰倫財產，金額5千萬元。
"Asian Heavenly King" Jay Chou may have 50 million provisionally detained! It's all because of the conflict between Jay's ex-agency company, Alfa, and JVR Music, the new company Jay created with Yang Jun Rong, involving the copyrights of Jay's music. After Jay's contract with Alfa ended, Jay, together with Yang Jun Rong who helped him advance in his music career, created a new company, JVR Music. His former company Alfa Music believed that their company's music copyrights were infringed and asked the local Taipei court to provisionally detain a total of 50 million from Jay's property.
據蘋果日報報導，法官已經在上月初裁准，不過阿爾發如果要依照計劃扣押，必須先拿出6千6百67萬元的擔保 金，法院才能執行，對此，阿爾發不作任何回應，只強調與周杰倫經紀約到期後，在唱片約部分，雙方仍在努力協 商中，而且雙方都釋出善意解決，依然有繼續合作的機會，在周杰倫方面，強調擁有著作權，但是沒有要求立即收 回，因為怕所有的歌曲會從KTV下架，影響歌迷權益，不過周董的財產也有可能被查封，這件事後續發展受人矚 目。
According to Apple Daily's report, the judge approved this early last month, but if Alfa wants to detain (Jay's property) as planned, they need to take out 66,670,000 for deposit so that the court can start the process. Alfa is not responding to this and only emphasized that after Jay's contract ended with the agency, both made an effort to discuss about the distribution rights of his CDs. Both sides are negotiating with good intentions and there is still have a chance to work together. As for Jay, he insists that he still owns the copyright, but he is not taking it back immediately because he is worried that all the songs in KTVs will be taken down and in turn affect the fans' rights. But people are still concerned with this event because Jay's property may still be provisionally detained.
今年28歲的周董在1999年與阿爾發簽了8年的合約，自從周董的第一張專輯後，他便一炮而紅，張張都開出 好成績，成了公司的搖錢樹，報導指出，周董去年的總收入高達2億5千萬，堪稱演藝圈最會吸金的藝人之一，而 阿爾發簽約的這幾年，共發行了7張專輯，平均每張專輯的亞洲銷售量為3百多張，之後又跨足電影市場，在「頭 文字D」跟「滿城盡帶黃金甲」都有不錯的成績。
Jay, who is 28 years old this year, signed a 8 year contract with Alfa. Jay was a hit ever since the release of his first album. Furthermore, all the CDs he released had good results and he became the company's money tree. According to the report, Jay's income last year was as high as 250 million and he is considered one of the artists that earns the most money. During the time Jay was in Alfa, he released 7 albums and sold an average of 300 something copies of each album in the Asian industry. Afterwards, he entered the movie industry and made pretty good achievements in "Initial D" and "Curse of the Golden Flower."
約滿之後，周董便走人，自己出來成立杰威爾音樂(JVR Music)，也把一手拉拔他的楊峻榮挖角離開阿爾發，加入新公司擔任總經理，雙方關係越來越惡劣。阿爾發 又在今年1月率先發函各大唱片公司，表示阿爾發和周董有優先續約權，雙方訴諸法律後，撕破臉的局面成形。但 報導指出，周董和老東家簽訂的合約內容其實是由阿爾發「代理」他的音樂著作權，所以等待約滿，他有權力收回 他的著作權。
After his contract ended, Jay just left and created JVR Music on his own. He also got Yang Jun Rong, who helped him advance in his music career, to leave Alfa and become the new company's general manager. The relationship between the two are getting worse. Alfa started off by sending a letter to the large record companies in January expressing that Alfa has priority over renewing the contract with Jay. The two were then pitted against each other when they resolved their problem through legal action. But the report points out that the contract Jay made with his ex-agency company actually allowed Alfa to be an "agent" for his music copyright during the duration of their contract, so when Jay's contract ended, he had the right to take back his copyright.