The Fair Trade Commission has laid down the verdict that SM Entertainment and others should not interfere with JYJ’s activities in the entertainment industry.
On the 24th of July, the Fair Trade Commission (hereafter known as the FTC) has given former agency SM Entertainment and the Korean Federation of Pop Culture and Art Industries (hereafter known as the KFPCAI) an order of prohibition for interfering with JYJ’s broadcasted appearances and activities as singers. JYJ is a group created by Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu, who were initially part of the 5-member idol group TVXQ and left the group in 2009 due to problems surrounding unlawful clauses in their exclusive contract.
The FTC stated, “JYJ released their first album in October of 2010 and tried to resume their activities as singers, but SM and the KFPCAI interfered with their activities in the entertainment industry by releasing an official notice that asked those in the industry to refrain from inviting or allowing JYJ to appear on televised programs, and from distributing their albums and online music files. The official notice was released through the KFPCAI and sent to 26 licensees in the industry, including the 3 major broadcasting companies, 6 K-pop and entertainment news related cable companies, and many album and online music file distribution companies.”
They continued to explain, “Considering the leverage that SM Entertainment has as one of the three biggest entertainment agencies in Korea, as well as the specific nature of the KFPCAI as an organization in the entertainment industry, the official notice that was released placed a considerable amount of pressure on the recipients,” and “Though JYJ have album sales of over 90,000 copies, they have had their activities as singers restricted in Korea, in ways such as not being able to appear on music programs or variety shows.”
To this, the FTC gave an order to prohibit SM Entertainment and the KFPCAI from pursuing any actions that interfere with JYJ’s activities. They have also ordered the KFPCAI to notify the 12 business associations in the organization, as well as the 26 licensees who received the official notice, of the corrective measures that have taken place.
The FTC also stated, “This incident is significant as it has prohibited a large-scale entertainment agency from using its influence and working with a business organization to prohibit the activities of celebrities currently locked in a legal dispute with the agency,” and “We hope that this verdict will shed light on similar unlawful actions that may be taking place in the industry.”
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