YG Entertainment and DSP Media On the List of “Slave Companies”


On June 8 afternoon, according to the Korean media, the contract between the entertainment companies and their artists is also called the “slave contract”. Although this have been gaining the people’s attention and surveillance, abuse does not change and still exist. Recently, the South Korean Fair Trade Committee announced their investigation reports for 20 entertainment companies and found out that almost every company signed unfair contract with their artists. This includes the well known YG Entertainment and DSP Media.

Within a period of two months from April to May, the Fair Trade Committee carried out investigations on the contracts signed between the 20 companies and their 230 artists and discovered that majority portion of the contracts were extremely unfair to the artists.

This includes:

  • the artists must get the company’s permission to go oversea and have to act according to what the company instructed them to do;
  • companies have the authority to amend the contract. even after it was signed by both parties;
  • without their companyfs permission, the artists are not allowed to end their activities;
  • after the contract expires, the artists are not allowed to work in related fields etc.

Some contracts even instruct the artists to faithfully report to the company wherever they are. The legal advisor said that these clauses have infringed the artistes’ private life and hopes the investigation is done transparently so as to improve the artistes’ career environment.

The 16 companies on the list:
IJ entertainment company 
Peace entertainment company 
YG entertainment company 
DY entertainment company 
barunson entertainment company 
HUMANE entertainment company 
Story entertainment company 
sim entertainment company 
GTB entertainment company 
Summer entertainment company 
Fan entertainment company 
DSP MEdia
101 entertainment company
STAR-K entertainment company 
mentor entertainment company 
BHE entertainment company 
oracle entertainment company

Credits: MyDaily —(english translations) ss501always@quainte501.com
Shared by: parkminnie@wp

that’s too sad…

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  1. #1 by girlgeum on June 12, 2009 - 1:48 pm

    This is sad, but one question. If they knew, I’m presuming, what was in the contract, then why sign it? Wanting fame and all its glitter, showcasing your talent vs becoming a “slave” to the agency that’s willing to sign you. Unless they had no choice and was forced.

    Just a thought.

    • #2 by MinnieChun on June 13, 2009 - 5:02 pm

      i guess they have no choice…company taking over the contract agreements…

      it maybe they had no choice, they didn’t know what they got into, for their fans or they got good pay >_<

      idk.

    • #3 by kiki on January 5, 2010 - 5:25 am

      you have to consider that when they sign the contracts they’re already indebted to the company for their training, which the companies make them pay back. Also they’re usually just teenagers, eager to get started in the business and ignorant of their legal rights.

  2. #4 by J. N on July 22, 2009 - 1:48 pm

    Very good confirmation. So painful to know how one can hurt another one is really like a mafea do with their postitudes. So unfair and so much control with so selfish attitude.That’s why when’s the Korean’actor are on the interview. They are act like the puppets. My God …why the 230 actors and singers are stand up and fight for their right of the freedom and their better living quality.
    POOR …

  3. #5 by J. N on July 22, 2009 - 2:52 pm

    WHY ALL THE KOREAN ACTORS AND SINGERS ARE SELLING THEIR SOUL AND SPIRIT FOR THIS COMPANIES. MY GOD…WHY NO ONE FIGHT FOR WHAT’S RIGHT AND WHAT’S WRONG.

    WHY’S THE KOREAN GOVERNMENT ARE ALLOWED THESE TO HAPPENING IN THE CIVILIZED COUNTRY AS SOUTH KOREAN .

  4. #6 by Sylvie* on August 14, 2009 - 8:36 am

    am i the one who wonders——->
    why SM entertainment company is not on the list??

    • #7 by MinnieChun on August 15, 2009 - 6:22 am

      Yeah I know LOL…I wonder as well…I guess the list is out of date?:D

  5. #8 by KamKami on October 21, 2009 - 6:16 pm

    ahw man…..
    really ??
    i really liked DSP…. i dunnow anymore >_<

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