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Entertainment Companies To Get Rid Of "Slavery" Contracts
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It was announced yesterday that the Korea Fair Trade Commission had sent notice to 10 major entertainment companies recently, asking them to modify some contract terms that was judged to be unfair to their artistes.

The “slavery” contracts were uncovered when the Korea Fair Trade Commission ran a check on the contracts of 354 artistes belonging to 10 major entertainment companies (see list below). Apart from a few elite artistes, most of the artistes had signed contracts that weren’t beneficial to them.

The entertainment companies have since made changes or abolished the 46 terms and conditions classified under ten categories with 204 artistes affected by this change. This has created an uproar in Korea after the unfair contract terms was made known to the public and the “slavery” contract between companies and their artistes has once again come under the spotlight.

The 10 biggest entertainment companies named by the Korea Fair Trade Commission to change their artistes contracts include iHQ, JYP Entertainment, SM Entertainment, Yedang Entertainment, BOF, Olive9, wellmade Star, Namoo Actors, Fantom Stars and M.net. The spotlight is on the contract terms that mainly interferes with the personal life of their artistes. For example, an artiste has to first seek approval from their company before being able to go overseas (iHQ). An artiste must notify their company their present location at anytime of asking (Olive9, Fantom). An artiste lifestyle including companionship, schooling, citizenship, military enlistment, making friends, economic activities, socializing events, transportation will have to be consulted with the company (JYP Entertainment) in advance which means interfering with their personal life.

According to one Korea Fair Trade Commission representative, it’s a characteristic of the entertainment industry that artistes follow orders. But companies should not have the right to interfere with their personal life. Under the request of the Korea Fair Trade Commission, the 10 entertainment companies have either modified or abolished the unfair terms and conditions stated. iHQ for example has now changed their ruling to that their artistes need only to notify them a week before they are leaving the country.

Before this, M.net Entertainment had a ruling whereby if it’s artiste terminates their contract before it ends, they would not be able to sign on with other companies. This continues even after the contract has lapse, otherwise the artiste is liable to be sued. Artistes belonging to SM Entertainment have to appear on internet broadcasting belonging to the company for free. But these rulings will now be modified thanks to the Korea Fair Trade Commission.

Other notable terms which include companies being able to ask artistes to perform for free as and when they like, using their artistes song compositions in anyway they want to, etc have since been modified or abolished.

The representative expressed they will maintain even more stringent checks on companies in order to prevent “slavery” contracts from appearing again. For companies that do not or refuse to exercise fair contracts, they would be hauled up to court for a hearing and also slapped with a hefty fine.


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some pictures of artists under these labels. (these are a few of MANY)


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Posted 11/22/08
That's good ...now SM can stop butting into DBSK's life
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Wonder Girls were a part of a slave contract?
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thats good news for the artists
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puppet89 wrote:

Wonder Girls were a part of a slave contract?


And whoever else is under JYP Entertainment (along with all the other Entertainment companies)
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wow that's unbelievable but good thing that happened.
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cant believe they do this...
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i knew YG wouldnt be on their.he lets his artists have freedom since he was one before but am suprised JYP does that.
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thats good to hear...
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Posted 11/22/08
wow i didnt know there was such a thing, but its good that they changed some things
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I'm sooo glad someone finally dealt with this issue.
Does that mean that SM can't beat up their stars anymore?
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OH NO!!!!!!!!!! i knew the rumors were true about sm entertainment!! :o
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teenace wrote:

i knew YG wouldnt be on their.he lets his artists have freedom since he was one before but am suprised JYP does that.


Yea, I was happy to see YG wasn't on that list. I didn't think they'd be like the other companies, that's why if I chose a company to be labeled under I'd chose YG.
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teenace wrote:

i knew YG wouldnt be on their.he lets his artists have freedom since he was one before but am suprised JYP does that.


Yea, I was happy to see YG wasn't on that list. I didn't think they'd be like the other companies, that's why if I chose a company to be labeled under I'd chose YG.


me too,they get to create their own music,have their own personal trainers. instead of like wearing suits and stuff,he just has on jeans and a hat.a very laid back,down to earth guy. other artists would be afraid to say stuff about their boss but YG's artists like to make fun of him and joke on him. and he also doesnt promote them to death.they are truly YG family. it would be cool to be in YG.
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Good to hear there will be better contracts for the artists.
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