Member of Parliament Demands that the Fair Trade Commission Investigate the Illegality of KFPCAI’s Letters to Ban JYJ
“Official Letters of Request to Restrain JYJ’s Activities Violate the Fair Trade Act”
Park Sunsook, a member of the Parliament and of the Democratic Party, demanded that the Fair Trade Commission takes an active role with regards to investigating the unfair trade practices of the entertainment industry.
On the 13th in the National Assembly State Affairs Plenary Session, Park inquired to the Fair Trade Commission to investigate whether a violation of the Fair Trade Act had occurred, raising the fact that the Korean Federation of Pop Culture and Art Industry (hereafter KFPCAI) has sent to entertainment companies and broadcasting stations and such official letters of request that the entities refrain from asking the group JYJ to appear.
JYJ is a group formed by Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun, and Kim Junsu of TVXQ.
Park said: “In the past 5 years, the Fair Trade Commision has issued orders for correction in the field of the entertainment industry in only two cases. The two cases both were related to Korea’s prominent agency SM Entertainment.”
Park pointed out: “I am not skeptical of the ability of the Korean Wave which has gone beyond Asia and even into Europe to compete. However, I believe that if that market is created by using the dominant position of a certain agency, that ability to compete will not last for long.”
Park inquired also that the Fair Trade Commission considers converting the Model Exclusive Contract (T/N: drafted as examples for industry members to use by the Fair Trade Commission) for the entertainment field into an Official Notification which has the force of law (in order to strengthen its binding force). At this, Kim Dongsu, the chairman of the Commission, answered: “Yes, we will.”
Translation Credit: JYJ3