Fans are one step closer to seeing K-pop favorites JYJ on television.
The so-called “JYJ Bill” — which prevents Korean broadcasters from banning celebrities from airwaves without fair reasoning, and introduced by Assemblywoman Choi Min-hee – was passed by the National Assembly, according to Yonhap.
According to the bill, broadcasters in violation of banning celebrities from their programs without legal reasoning will be fined for up to 2 percent of revenue or forced to issue a correction by the Korea Communications Commission.
JYJ, comprised of former members of TVXQ, one of SM Entertainment’s biggest acts, was used as an example in the proposal of the bill.
Its three members, who left SM in 2010 following a contract dispute, have not been able to star on a majority of broadcasts as a group — including music shows or variety programming — despite several album releases.
In October 2009, Seoul Central Court ordered an injunction against SM Entertainment to halt its involvement in preventing JYJ’s television activities. In February 2011, it gave a court order to the agency to pay 20 million won, or about $17,250, for each violation.
In 2013, SM received an order to cease meddling with JYJ’s broadcast appearances by the Korea Fair Trade Commission.
Last year, JYJ was not invited to perform at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games despite being the event’s official ambassadors.
In April this year, the appearance of JYJ member Kim Junsu on EBS music program “Space Sympathy” made headlines. It was the singer’s first TV music show appearance in six years.
“Through the passing of this bill, we’ve secured the rights of both celebrities, including JYJ, who have faced unfair broadcast bans, and of viewers,” said Choi, who is of the New Politics Alliance Democracy party.
“We have fought unfair practices for seven years and are thankful that the masses agreed with our efforts,” JYJ agency C-Jes Entertainment said. “Through this bill, we hope unfairness subsides in the entertainment industry.”
The effectiveness of the bill remains to be seen — the court has no jurisdiction over the rights of production directors’ decision-making in casting stars.
“It’s hard to be optimistic about seeing this bill as a direct road to seeing JYJ on music programs,” one director at a K-pop idol agency told Yonhap. “But producers will now try their hardest to operate fairly under the new law.”
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The “JYJ Law,” a proposed amendment to Korea’s broadcasting act preventing third parties from blacklisting certain individuals or groups from appearing on television — which failed to pass earlier in June of this year — has been passed by the National Assembly.
Specifically, the amendment prohibits broadcasting companies from preventing appearances of an individual or group on a show due to a third party’s request that is unrelated to the production of a show, or due to a request that comes from a third party even after a certain individual or group has been legally cleared to appear on a show.
If a broadcasting company violates this policy, the Korea Communications Commission can issue a corrective order or charge a fine of up to two percent of the company’s sales.
Assemblywoman Choi Min Hee, who was at the head of this proposal, said, “With this law, the rights of artists like JYJ whose television appearances have been interfered with as well as the rights of the fans who want to see these artists on television are guaranteed.”
JYJ’s agency C-JeS said, “We’ve fought with the unfair conditions for seven years, and we’re thankful that we weren’t alone in opposing it. We hope that with this amendment, these unjust actions will no longer occur in the entertainment industry.”
However, doubt remains, as the decision of who appears on shows has always been and remains the show producer’s right, making application of the law potentially difficult. Even when JYJ’s fans had protested the prevention of the group appearing on shows, producers had denied such accusations, saying that they’re the ones that have the final say in show casting.
One entertainment agency director said, “I don’t expect this amendment to immediately pave the way for JYJ to appear on music programs. However, because it is a law put forth to protect the rights of celebrities, I believe the producers will remain within the boundaries of the law and try to maintain equity to avoid controversy.”
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