The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) ordered SM Entertainment to stop interfering with JYJ‘s activities.
The FTC stated, “We told SM and the Korea Pop Culture and Arts Industry Coalition to stop interfering with others′ business activities, and ordered them to notify related institutes, such as broadcasting companies, of this fact.”
As reported by the FTC, SM and the Coalition had sent an official notice in October 2010, after the JYJ members left TVXQ (DBSK), to 26 broadcasting companies and album distributors, asking them to refrain from casting JYJ or from distributing their music. Considering the influence of SM and the Coalition in the industry, this notice would have pressured those who received it, and made a big impact on JYJ′s promotions.
C-JeS Entertainment commented, “We thank the FTC for its decision. This fight started in 2009 and had since made us feel like we′ve been walking a desert with no end, but today′s announcement made us feel that things were becoming better, and we felt we had been supported. We hope this notice will help [us] promote fairly before the public, and also open new doors for our juniors.”
On the other hand, SM Entertainment denied all the accusations, saying, “We′re sorry such a decision was made because we′ve never interfered [with JYJ′s promotions]. SM is considering taking legal measures on the decision.”
Article by: Karolina
Edited by: Alona
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