Exclusive long-term contracts later lead some groups to dispute the rigorous demands
Surh Jung-min, Music Correspondent
In the world of South Korean pop music, dubbed K-pop, there have been a string of disputes between popular idol groups like TVXQ, Super Junior and Kara and their management companies over their exclusive contracts.
It has ceaselessly been pointed out that there are a considerable number of problematic articles in the exclusive contracts signed in the entertainment sector. Most typical are the long-term contracts of 10 years or more. Also highlighted as problems are contract articles that violate the entertainers’ human rights, some for example that control their private lives. Also problematic is the way companies use unreasonable fines in the case of breach of contract as a tool to forcibly tie entertainers to their companies.
Despite these disadvantageous conditions, most aspiring entertainers sign these deals without much objection. This is because when there are so many aspiring entertainers, it is difficult for them to refuse. There are many instances, however, when entertainers change their mind after becoming famous. They demand to be treated in a manner worthy of their fame. There are also many instances in which other management companies try to lure entertainers over by offering better conditions.