By Kwon Ji-youn
JYJ member Kim Jun-su’s rare appearance on nationwide television on April 30 has sparked new interest in the opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy lawmaker Choi Min-hee and her “JYJ law.”
Choi tabled a revised law on April 14 that aims to prevent broadcasters from banning or blacklisting artists without a justifiable reason and the main beneficiaries of this revised law, if passed, will undoubtedly be JYJ.
Kim’s performance on EBS’s “Space Sympathy” marked his first appearance on a televised music production in six years.
Choi seems to think an understanding between SM and the broadcasters is behind JYJ’s prolonged absence from such programs, and industry insiders agree, saying broadcasters do not find it necessary to cross swords with entertainment cartels such as SM.
“Despite the Fair Trade Commission’s (FTC) request in July 2013 for JYJ’s previous agency to refrain from interfering with the group’s business activities, JYJ is still unable to perform on televised music shows because of unfair corporate practices on the parts of major broadcasters,” Choi said in a statement.
The revision included sanctions against such broadcasters.
“JYJ, which contributed to the introduction of a standardized contract between agencies and artists, should not be subject to such unfair corporate practices that are more or less groundless,” Choi added. “The FTC’s administrative order cannot control closeted attempts at interference, so the Korea Communications Commission, which holds authorization and approval rights, must intervene.”
Since 2009, when JYJ members left their then-agency SM Entertainment claiming unjust contract provisions, JYJ has been unable to secure televised music gigs, which the group claims was because SM sent letters to 26 television channels in 2010 requesting them not to cast JYJ on their shows.
In 2012, SM and JYJ reached a mutual agreement to terminate all contracts between the two parties, which appeared to conclude the prolonged contract feud.
But the ceasefire didn’t last long.
SM had agreed not to interfere with JYJ’s activities, but in July 2013, JYJ, comprised of Kim, Park Yu-chun and Kim Jae-joong, found it necessary to file a complaint with the FTC regarding such ongoing intervention. The FTC’s much-anticipated ruling decided that SM had indeed been interfering with the business activities of their former employees and warned them not to do so in the future.
And yet Kim’s tears say not much has changed since then.
Choi’s move has set in motion what may become a prolonged battle, and Kim Jun-su’s tearful performance on “Space Sympathy” has added fuel to fire. He sang for just 150 people in a small studio, but the results were dramatic, with the media now questioning JYJ’s nonattendance on the country’s three major channels. Audiences have also began doubting the respective broadcasters’ integrity.
Choi’s JYJ law is not just in the interest of JYJ and their current agency C-Jes Entertainment, experts say. It’s trying to put an end to improper enforcement of power that is keeping talented artists and entertainers from doing their jobs.
“I don’t understand why it’s so difficult for us to perform on television, but it is,” Kim said on “Space Sympathy.” “And this is why I may never forget today.”
Source: The Korea Times
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May the force be with you JYJ!!! The truth will be revealed. #JYJFIGHTING!!
Yes!! JYJ fighting!!!
Even with the bill, some of the TV broadcasting companies are not featuring JYJ because they fear SM won’t let their artistes be featured there. This might still go on even with the bill. Evil dies hard. The JYJ boys should really consider pooling their money and strategizing a business coup d’etat by taking over SM for good. That would settle the problem once and for all.
I agree , this does need some strategizing
I also agree with you. I think there’s no law who can force anyone to invite someone in their house.
And there’s no need to take over SM 🙂 , J-Y-J will have to make their own empire, their magnanimous success in the future will solve everything, those snobbish PDs will eventually change in their flavor , or they can make their own tv station, or launch an international career, YC was already featured in a Chinese variety show.
I have no high hope with this bill, I’m more anticipating on what they could achieve after MS. They’re doing very well without tv broadcast as singers for 6 years, I won’t call JYJ as as victim but rather a SURVIVOR., the banning is not a complete obstacle but an opportunity to explore what they are capable of.
Il est vrai qu’on ne peut forcer personne a inviter quelqu’un dans sa maison, mais une loi permettrait au moins a des artistes lésés d’avoir un recours légale qui fera réfléchir les abuseurs de pouvoir !!!!
It is true that we can not force anyone to invite someone in his house, but a law would at least has harmed artists to have a legal remedy that will reflect the abusers of power !!!!
I agree with you kris,JYJ achieved a great success with all the ban on their way, this low can’t really bring much for JYJ or compensate them for the injustice and unfairness of 6 years, But still I think about it as a moral justice to JYJ.
Getting the KCC involved is a move that needs to happen. The Fair Trade Commission has tried and failed numerous times to effect change. The KCC must deal with the broadcast stations directly and the top brass at the stations must then act to insist that the program directors who are receiving money or favors from SM in exchange for keeping the ban going either STOP colluding or be fired. It’s really puzzling to me why this hasn’t happened already. This is an absurd situation, it’s clearly in violation of the broadcasters’ regulations. I can’t think why those in positions higher up haven’t seen what’s going on and stopped it long ago. There is more to the story, I guess, and additional slimy SM tentacles reaching up even higher into the stations’ executive suites than we’ve been able to see so far.
SM or any other Agency should Never treat any working artist in such a horrible way by banning networks with working with JYJ & interfering with JYJ on a continued bases. This is clearly a vindictive behavior from SM. I hope SM could leave JYJ & the three members ALONE from now on! SM should Follow & adhere to new laws to protect artist in Korea Such a JYJ. My own personal opinion Based on every thing I have read about the Fall Out between SM & JYJ. I am a super Fan of JYJ#
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Every one should fight for justice and JYJ is doing just that, it seems like paying off little by little ,way too slow. SK got big problem.
Anticipating….any idea any talk n anything that could bring good to JYJ we welcome it
The bill will meet bigger obstacles from now on. The political value of this bill is very big. They need to conquer the “mafia” behind before the bill can operate too… #justatwocents
True. SM will be maneuvering behind the scenes like crazy to get it quashed. But that too will be seen by observers now. EVERYTHING SM does now in the way of manipulations in support of the continued ban is being observed, recorded and reported on. They have gone from being a powerful company capable of exacting retribution to a petty, vindictive company who mistreat their artists and use shameful strong-arm tactics to keep them in line. The public’s perception of them has radically shifted now. That’s why we need to keep posting on public entertainment boards like Soompi and All-KPop the message that SM is just flailing about at this point, still unable to let go, and heedless of the damage they are doing to their reputation in the industry, let alone the global community. We are watching now and we see what is going on! There are no more shadows to hide in while they do these illegal deeds.