25/07 – [News] SM Entertainment impeded JYJ’s promo activities: Korea Fair Trade Commission

25/07 – [News] SM Entertainment impeded JYJ’s promo activities: Korea Fair Trade Commission

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The Korea Fair Trade Commission on Wednesday found that Korean entertainment giant SM Entertainment had unfairly used its influence to impede the promotional activities of K-pop trio JYJ in 2010.

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SEOUL: The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) on Wednesday found that Korean entertainment giant SM Entertainment had unfairly used its influence to pressure industry players into impeding the promotional activities of K-pop trio JYJ, with which it had a dispute with, when the group released an album in 2010, reported Korean media.

The KFTC confirmed that SM Entertainment was aided by the Korean Federation of Pop Culture and Art Industry (KFPCAI), which sent notices to a total of 26 organisations – including the three major television stations in Korea and a number of music retailers – requesting that they take action to restrict JYJ’s activities.

This left JYJ unable to make television appearances in Korea and forced them to hold most of their promotional activities overseas.

THE KFTC has asked the KFPCAI to take steps to remedy the situation, and inform the 26 organisations about the KFTC’s findings.

It also ordered SM Entertainment to stop interfering in JYJ’s activities.

However, this is likely a moot point as the entertainment giant had already agreed to do so in the 2012 agreement it signed with JYJ.

JYJ, which is made up Kim Jae Joong, Park Yu Chun and Kim Jun Su (all former members of SM Entertainment’s boy band TVXQ), was previously embroiled in a massive contract dispute with SM Entertainment, until both parties signed an agreement to drop all lawsuits against one another late last year.

Under the agreement, JYJ also promised not to interfere in the activities of the two remaining TVXQ members Jung Yunho and Shim Changmin.

In return, SM Entertainment agreed not to interfere with JYJ’s future activities.

JYJ has since released a statement describing the KFTC’s actions as “a streak of light” at the end of a “dark tunnel”, which will hopefully make things better for later generations of K-pop artistes.

– CNA/ha

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