After years of hard work, the National Assembly has finally approved the passing of the ‘JYJ Law’. Named such by the group who had the hardest time since forming back in 2010 after leaving SM Entertainment.
The ‘JYJ Law’ was created due to the fact that when Kim JunSu, Kim JaeJoong, and Park YooChun left DBSK (TVXQ!) to form their own group, they had a had a hard time appearing on television and distributing albums or songs after their conflicts with SM Entertainment and the Korea Culture Industry’s Federation.
For many years they fought to get recognized on television, and, even with some events. But though they had this hardship, they are still one of the top groups in Korea and Japan. This new law though will make it possible that they can no longer be denied the right to perform. Though the casting at shows is still subjected to the producer, it is no longer legal to do so due to other influences.
This past year in April, Assemblywoman Choi MinHee, a member of The Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning, submitted a legislative bill to make amendments to broadcasting regulations. The issue was, the members of the Petition Examination Subcommittee were concerned that the law could be abused and as Woo SangHo, of New Politics Alliance for Democracy, stated, “Opinions of a specific fan club do not take into account all the other opinions out there. With that said, however, if people can undertake justifiable steps to ban blacklisting of stars, leaving the freedom of choice (to pick stars for TV appearances) untouched, this law may cause no problems at all.”
All in all now, the ‘JYJ Law’ will change the way sour companies could potentially block former employees from moving on and performing just like everyone else. According to the Korea Communications Commission, if a broadcasting company violates this policy, the KCC can issue a corrective order or charge a fine of up to two percent of the company’s sales.
Furthermore, Assemblywoman Choi MinHee said that, “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”. Even with this new law, the realization is not that JYJ will appear on television shows immediately (considering JaeJoong and YooChun are serving their mandatory military term), but that it is in place to protect the rights of all celebrities, and that producers will have to remain within the boundaries of the law and try to maintain equity to avoid controversy.
I am interested to see how this will all unfold, especially when all three members are united again for a comeback. How are you feeling about the new law? Let us know!
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Edited by: Morgan Oswald
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