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[TRANS] 100731 To all of Cassiopeia: It’s been a year…

Today is a day that no Cassiopeia would ever forget. It’s been a year, and it’s gone by in a blink of an eye, hasn’t it?

We’ve waited an entire year, and in truth, it is undeniable that this period has really shown to us all how much we genuinely love our boys.

Throughout this time, we’ve had our doubts, our worries and even conflicts amongst ourselves, but all that is behind us now, we’ve made the decision to stay, and to keep waiting. Cassiopeia is a force to be reckoned with, seeing our enthusiasm, it’s almost as though nothing ever happened. Every now and then, we may speak of our boys, about how much we miss them, but it’s only because we want to see the five of them together again. We motivate one another, we encourage those around us to stay positive, and we vow to wait together; I’m proud of what we’ve achieved, of this entire fandom.

Many of us have shed tears, and yet we continue down this path because we believe. The boys have our unconditional and wholehearted faith and patience.

Some say they are charmed by our boys’ looks, some by our boys’ music, and some by our boys’ love and emotion. Me? I’m a fan of these fans.

Others may not ever be able to comprehend this kind of unconditional love that we fans have to offer, yet we sacrifice it anyway, to a point where we could almost be deemed reckless and foolish. Even if we may never see those that we love, we love them anyway, regardless of other people’s words, perception and lack of understanding.

It is magical, the way the emotions of others are able to affect our own.

Some say that to be a fan of an idol group is to inflict pain upon oneself. Groups inevitably separate, leaving fans with no choice but to focus their support on one particular member. On the other hand, we are Cassiopeia, and each and every one of us knows that we will continue to support DBSK as a whole regardless of the outcome of this difficult situation, wouldn’t you agree?

And after writing all this nonsense, my one hope is that all of you will continue to wait, to support and to protect our boys.

Those of you that have twitter, please tweet #imissdbsk, thanks!

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[TRANS] 091104 The Meaning Of The TVXQ Trial and The Meaning it Presents

On the 27th, the Seoul District Courts laid down a wise decision that will leave an impact in the nation’s entertainment business. They partially accepted the exclusive contract suspension request submitted by three members of TVXQ, YoungWoong Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu, against their agency SM Entertainment. This means that the Courts have accepted that the 13 year exclusive contract forged between SM and TVXQ is in fact a slave contract and an unlawful one as well.

In the Courts’ ruling, they stated, ‘Until the lawsuit verdicts are made, SM is not allowed to make new contracts for activities related to the three members without their permission, and SM must not interfere with the three members’ independent activities.’ There are two voices raised on this decision: one that applauds the Courts for its actions against exclusive contracts that have been ravaging entertainment agencies in Korea, and one that worries that the Courts have not taken the specialty and reality of the Korean entertainment business into consideration.

However, many are stating that there is a need to change the infrastructure of the Korean entertainment business and set up a fair and just management system. There is a need to expunge the ‘slave contracts’ that have been uncovered by this trial as well as to protect the rights of celebrities.

This reporter intends to talk of the implications of the Courts’ decision, and the problem it presents as well as the solution of said problem in three parts.

1. ‘TVXQ Verdict’ highlights Social-Legal-Human Rights Implications
2. ‘TVXQ Verdict’ – Medicine or Poison to the Korean Entertainment Business
3. The Solution to the Exclusive Contract? …

Celebrities’ Unlawful Contracts, Will They Be Solved?

What is most significant about this verdict is that the Courts have sided with TVXQ and have sent a warning to the agencies in Korea who have unlawful exclusive contracts that change is soon to come.

This decision can be seen as a helper to the future of the celebrities’ rights and interests as it has reflected the stance of the celebrity who is seen as the weaker side in the theory of power in the business.

Professor Lee Dong Yeon of Korean National University of Arts stated, “Many have pointed out that that although Korea’s management system has gotten bigger in size, it has not been able to escape the lack of lawfulness in contracts and management of such contracts either,” and “This decision by the courts will turn the system towards a more transparent, fair entertainment business that will become stronger with the change.”

Professor Lee also stated that he expects the verdict on the TVXQ dispute to help put an end to unlawful contracts in the entertainment business. This is because the Courts’ verdict will be firmly implemented into the business while the current ‘Mass Culture Artistes Base Exclusive Contract’ made by the Fair Trade Committee has no legal power and therefore cannot be implemented fully.

This decision by the Courts also left a big impression as it legally ruled that the past subordination relationship in which the agency ‘rule’ its celebrities is no longer acceptable.

Lawyer Park Joomin stressed that, “Although some may diminish the meaning of the decision as it is one made before the official suing by the three members, it was a ruling laid down by the Courts after observing and reading the evidence and the situation very carefully so the meaning should not be diminished at all.”

Lawyer Park also said, “The Courts have ruled that the main focus of this legal action was the unlawful contract, and the unlawfulness of this contract has been confirmed by the Courts, which means that the results of the Exclusive Contract Suspension request should not differ greatly with the verdict of the overall trial.”

There are opinions stating that this was a decision that further helped celebrities at a human rights scale.

Representative Kim Myung Shin of the Culture Yeon University embraced the ruling saying, “It is great to know that such a decision came out in a society that focuses more on marketing logic,” and stated, “Although it is important to expand the business related to the Hallyu Wave, the human rights of celebrities should come first.”

Representative Kim also stated, “In our society, the number of people wishing to be celebrities has increased which has resulted in supply exceeding demand so agencies tend to create contracts that will give them the upper hand,” and “I hope that this trial becomes the stepping stone towards a system with no evil practices and one that cares more about the rights of the celebrities.”

Such as these opinions have illustrated, there are many views regarding the decision laid down by the Courts, but many thought that this was not merely a solution for the members of TVXQ who are caught in an unfair exclusive contract to retain their human rights, but a solution that will be the foundation of an action to rid the entertainment business of unlawful contracts.

Many also believe that the current actions made by the courts will help ensure that the human rights of celebrities are not violated and will help the Korean entertainment business grow healthily and become improve.

The dispute over an unlawful contract between an agency and its celebrity has shown that there needs to be a change in the domestic management system’s infrastructure to ensure that another dispute similar to this one does not occur again.

‘TVXQ Verdict’ – Medicine or Poison to the Korean Entertainment Business

There has been much praise that this ruling by the Courts has protected the rights of the TVXQ members as well as proved that the basic rights of celebrities should and can be protected fully, but the problem is far from over.

Some fear that the problem may escalate from this point onwards. This is because this decision by the Courts may have a severe backlash on entertainment agencies who use the system of training rookies before their debut.

In fact, after the news of the trial spread, some entertainment agencies began refuting the Courts’ decision as it “did not take into consideration the specialty of the Korean Music Industry.” They worried that the current celebrity creation system, in which agencies invest money and time into rookies until and after they debut, would become obsolete and that many of the nation’s agencies, which focus on creating idol groups, will fall into great danger.

Some believe that if TVXQ win this case all the way, a ‘domino effect’ will occur with other celebrities leaving their agencies or filing a lawsuit in the same method.

They also believe that the music industry’s Hallyu market that has been expanding through Japan, China, and southeastern Asia will suffer a severe blow, and that the Hallyu market will shrink because of this.

However, these voices are being persuaded to change their opinions with the thought that, “This ruling should be thought of as a chance to segment and rationalize the entertainment business which will result in a new and rapid growth of the industry.”

Lawyer Park Joomin said, “Although there may be fears that the entertainment industry may shrink, it is time for our entertainment industry to evolve into a parallel and fair relationship culture and go one step further in terms of maturity.”

Lawyer Park stated that there was a need for change in the celebrity creation system by saying, “It is strange to accept the current compensation theory that the one or two people who become stars out of the tens or hundreds of others that try out must pay for the investment money put into all of those people,” and “This is why the some of the celebrities who rise to stardom have their rights severely violated and are exposed to unlawful contracts.”

Professor Lee Dong Yeon of the Korean National University of Arts said, “This dispute is showing that an agency can no longer tie its celebrity down in paper,” and “Through this dispute, the entertainment industry must change its habits and outlook.”

Professor Lee also stated, “We must get rid of the acts that create perpendicular relationships such as extended contract periods and obscure income division,” and “If we see this dispute as the turning point for the celebrity raising culture, it can be seen as the ‘bitter experience’ that will make our entertainment industry stronger and lead it to a brighter future.”

Representative Kim Myung Shin of Culture Yeon University stated, “It is not that we do not understand the woes of entertainment agencies, but the human rights of the celebrities must be taken into account more than the worries of such agencies,” and “It is ‘a house of cards’ to force one side into sacrifice because the other was caught up in the theory of profit.”

It is interesting to see that many have interpreted the Courts’ ruling as one that is calling upon agencies and their celebrities to move from an unfair, and unlawful perpendicular relationship to an equal, parallel relationship.

Professor Lee Dong Yeon stated, “It is disheartening to see people interpreting the TVXQ dispute at only an economic loss and profit point of view,” and “The core to this problem is the need for an equal relationship between the agency and its celebrity.” According to Professor Lee, there needs to be a trust of ‘going together’ between the two sides, yet the lack of this trust was what set off this trial.

Professor Lee stated, “I hope that this dispute does not stop as a mere argument, but brings forth a new paradigm to the entertainment industry and sets off tremendous effort and thought to rid the industry from unfair relationships.”

Many are stating that in order for this dispute to help the Korean entertainment industry, it must break the set structures and create a new ‘win-win system’.

The entertainment agency cannot ignore the change of time and must work to protect the rights of their celebrities and create a more equal environment so that the celebrities and the agencies alike are able to grow.

The Entertainment Industry Must Change with the TVXQ Dispute as the Stepping Stone

Contract period limits, multilateral contract steps, the implementation of actions by the law.

Until now, we have scoured through the many problems that the Korean Entertainment Industry’s structure holds as well as the diverse meanings of the ‘TVXQ ruling’. Then what can be done to create a just contract culture that benefits both the agency and the celebrity? Solutions have been thought of.

First of all, there is a call to accommodate the recommendation of the ‘Mass Culture Artiste’s Basis Exclusive Contract’ suggested by the Fair Trade Committee. In this recommendation, the committee limits the length of exclusive contracts to seven years, and forbids any clauses that violates the personal life of the celebrity.

In the open debate held in August with the title ‘The Problems of the Celebrity Management System and their Solutions seen through the TVXQ Dispute’, the sponsor stated, “There is a need to accommodate the recommendation’s guidelines for an agency’s exclusive contract,” and “Extended contract periods, nontransparent income division, extreme personal life violation, and suicidal schedules must be removed and fixed.”

The thought of making the contract steps multilateral must also be taken into consideration. This is to prevent any further legal dispute by differentiating conditions depending on popularity and having contracts before and after the debut. There is also the option of creating short contracts that only last from one to two years.

Representative Kim Myung Shin suggested a set manual for contracts, stating that, “This dispute has confirmed that a contract created before the debut already holds clauses open to legal action.” She also said that, rather than holding idol groups in extended contract periods, it would be better to create flexible and changeable contracts.

Such as in the case of pro sports, agencies may also try an approach that creates a contract with a legal adviser in person to ensure that the contract abides all the laws. As sports agencies are the middlemen for players and teams, a lawyer could take on the same job for celebrities or their parents who may be lacking in legal knowledge.

Professor Lee Dong Yeon of the Korean National University of Arts stated, “We will be able to move from a strict relationship that creates today’s exclusive contracts to one that promotes transparent contracts,” and “This will inevitably help in the growth of the Celebrity Management system.”

Representative Kim Myung Shin agreed and added, “There is a need for legal aid to be available to celebritites in the procedures.”

What are more important than laws or implementations of such laws are communication and respect.

One way to lessen the friction would be to implement the monthly wage and incentive method that is in effect in Japan. In fact, some agencies in Korea have begun use such a method. In this case,the income earned by the celebrity’s activities is transparently revealed. This helps better the celebrity management industry’s image and trust.

But what must come first before any law or method is the trust and person-to-person relationship between an agency and its celebrity. This is the basis that will ensure safe and just celebrity activities and contract culture.

Professor Lee Dong Yeon pointed out that, “Agencies and celebrities work to seek monetary gain, but what makes a celebrity stay under the same agency is not the contract, but the relationship he or she has with the agency,” and “If such a relationship is not valued, countless cases such as this one will continue to occur.”

Mass Culture Critic Kang Tae Gyu stated, “Although the TVXQ dispute arose because of SM’s ‘management failure’, it got to such a point because ‘communication and respect’ did not exist between the two sides,” and stated that the revamping of Kpop was what is most needed. This means that what will create a greater trust than a contract is sound ‘communication and respect.’

It cannot be forgotten that appropriate education and publicity is needed for the protection of celebrities’ rights in order to secure the roots of a fair and just contract culture. Also, ways to rid the entertainment agency of its current situation must be investigated and inspected.

In conclusion, our entertainment industry must now listen to the voice warning us that, “Until the human rights are protected and the people in the industry are united, the sophistication of the Korean Mass Culture will be held back by its premodern system.”

This is why many are curious as to whether this dispute will help the Korean Mass Music and Entertainment system overcome its obstacles and thrive.

Source: [ohmynews+DNBN]
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[TRANS] 091104 Max Matsuura’s Blog Entry

Regarding the wrong information about Tohoshinki

The following article has been floating around, but I myself haven’t said or written anything about it.

I believe this was made up by someone.

Please be careful not to be confused and misunderstand about the following content.


An email with the following content, titled 『From president’s blog~』 has been sent around…

『This is avex’s Matsuura.
Thank you for always supporting Tohoshinki.
Starting from the end of this year, not only Tohoshinki’s Japanese activities, but their activities in Korea and Asia will also be under avex’s management.
Since everyone has been worried about the contract dispute, I am here to announce that the 5 of them will be moving from SM Entertainment to avex completely.』

T/N: in other words, do NOT believe in any rumor regarding the boys and avex unless it is announced on their official website.

Source: Max Matsuura’s blog
Translation: linhkawaii @ OneTVXQ.com
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[TRANS] Cassiopeia Releases Statement About SME’s Allegations

Members of the Korean Cassiopeia, TVXQ/DBSK’s official fanclub, have released their official statement regarding SM Entertainment’s press conference regarding legal dispute involving DBSK which took place yesterday. Here is the translated version of their statement:

We 800,000 Cassiopeians would like to announce our official view in this statement. With accusations and allegations flying everywhere, we announce this in order to show the fanclub’s official standing on this matter. This statement is made by union of numerous DBSK fan cafes and we present this in the name of Cassiopeia.

First of all, we would like to say that, as fans of DBSK, we support DBSK and will not do anything to betray their trust in us. We will not trust anything besides words that come out of the DBSK members’ mouths, and we ask SME to stop actions that are intended to confuse and divide the fans.

We Cassiopeians are very disappointed in SME for holding press conference and releasing signed documents in the name of Yunho and Changmin. As the management company of DBSK, SME must not forget their job and must stop their actions intended to defame the members of DBSK and break the group apart. Also, according the the court ruling made on the 27th, SME must not make deals with third parties in the name of the three members and cannot interfere with individual works or those members. Please keep the court’s order.

To everyone who is reading this statement, please remember: the members did not take legal actions because of the issues regarding the cosmetics business. They started this lawsuit because of illegal contract length of 13 years. We fans do not understand why SME is silent about the issue of the contract length and is trying to focus everyone’s attention on the cosmetics fiasco. The goal of this lawsuit was to nullify or edit contract between SME and the three members, and we believe that they did not intend to end DBSK or move onto another management company. Also, we would like to address to reporters who sensationalize and create rumours related to this press conference. Please be careful with your sources.

We would like to ask SME one more time to not make the three members’ reputation and rights suffer with claims that have never been proven, and we would like to ask the citizens of Korea to stop creating rumours and defame DBSK. We would like to show our condolences toward this controversy.

As Cassiopeians, the fans of DBSK, we will keep our attention focused to the future actions of DBSK and SME. We will continue to side with DBSK. DBSK and fans never doubt.

— November 2nd, 2009, Cassiopeia, the fanclub of DBSK

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Let’s welcome our new theme!

As part of the preparation for our TVXQ’s 6th Anniversary Celebration, we’ve decided to pick out a new layout thet we’ll be using for the rest of the year. Perhaps until the next TVXQ’s Anniversary too! We hope you’ll like this layout and will be able to view our news and posts with more ease.

A short announcement for everyone,

We’ve decided on a few exciting contests in conjunction with TVXQ’s 6th Anniversary Celebration this year and we hope many of you will decide to join. As usual, the one-shot writing and graphic making contest will still be included in the list. There are also a ‘Five Word Creative Forum Slogan’ contest as well as singing and poem-writing contest. The full list will be posted soon so keep a look out for it.

And despite the news that has been released these few days, please revise them wisely. It’s not in our place as international fans to judge openly as we are only the third parties. Please continue to support the boys along with Cassiopeia and Bigeast. =)

Always Keep The Faith!!


[TRANS] 091102 SM, Why Two Official Statement Press Conference in The Morning and Evening?

[NEWS] TVXQ To Resume Activities in Japan

Korean boy-band TVXQ will visit Japan in autumn in an attempt to resume their music careers after being mired by a legal battle with their management agency.

Japan’s Daily Sports reported on Oct. 29 that TVXQ will come to Japan to participate in year-end TV programs.

The sports newspaper did not mention the Korean idol group’s schedules in Japan, but said the group is expected to appear on major entertainment TV programs such as Japan’s TBS record awards and NHK’s song competition.

TVXQ’s move came at a time when three of the five-member group is in a legal battle with their agency, SM Entertainment, over the validity of their contract. The three — Hero, Micky and Xiah — claim that the contract is unfair.

On Tuesday, the Seoul Central District Court said parts of the contract should be invalidated. The court also paved the way for the three to stay in the five-member group and continue with their solo activities (as well).

Rumors had it that the boy band may be disbanded as the three are expected to leave SM Entertainment. The agency revealed its intention to appeal the case.

But news reports said that despite the legal battle, the group will unlikely be disbanded.

Fans are expressing stiff objection to a possible dispersal of the group.

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[TRANS] 091028 Contract Trouble: THSK’s 3 Members, “Hereafter, We Still Want to Work Together”.

TVXQ members Junsu (Xiah), Yoochun (Micky), Jaejoong (Hero), who are having contract issues with their management company SM Entertainment, have expressed that hereafter, they still wish to continue doing activities with the TVXQ members.

On the afternoon of the 28th, an official from Sejong, their representative law firm, said in a telephone interview to STARNEWS, “All 3 members have said that they want to continue working together with the TVXQ members. Having grown up under the name of TVXQ, they definitely want to continue working with the TVXQ members, for a long time to come.”

However, when asked about the 2 other members, Yunho (U-know) and Changmin (Max), the official was not specific and said, “There’s nothing I can say regarding that.”

Also, regarding their move to invalidate the members’ contracts as well as change the profit distribution, he explained that, “It would be difficult if we advance on that in the middle of the week. Some time next week, we’ll set about doing it.”

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[TRANS] 091028 SM, “We Will Submit An Appeal Immediately”.

In relation to Court approving partially of 3 TVXQ members’ lawsuit to terminate exclusive contract effect, SM Entertainment released their official press release today.

“SM Entertainment will give explanation of official stand related to provisional disposition application result in which 3 TVXQ members submitted. We don’t recognize all Courts decisions to be unacceptable, but there are some points in the results that we’re planning to make an immediate appeal.”

SM continued, “Also before the provisional disposition result coming out, according to Court’s request, we have to refrain from giving press release to prevent anymore confrontation. Therefore we can’t reveal the exact stand of ours as well. We will give further official info sooner or later.”

Source: joynews
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[TRANS] 091028 “We Will Work To Get All Five TVXQ Members Involved”.