Fair Trade Commission Orders SM Ent. to Stop Interfering With JYJ′s Promotions
The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) ordered SM Entertainment to let up on its pressure on JYJ.
The FTC stated on July 24, "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."
According to an investigation 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.
The FTC judged that considering the influence of SM and the Coalition in the industry, this notice would have pressured those who received it, and interfered with JYJ′s promotions as a singer.
On this, JYJ′s agency 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," it finished.
SM Entertainment, on the other hand, said about the decision, "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."
Park Yoo Chun, Kim Junsu and Kim Jae Joong left SM and its former group TVXQ after lodging a lawsuit against the agency. The three have been performing as JYJ.