Extra! Korea

August 13, 2010

Court agrees that entertainer’s contract is “slave-like”

Filed under: music, youth — extrakorea @ 7:37 pm

In 2006, a member of the boy band U-Kiss signed a 10-year contract with his entertainment agency. The contract further states that “if his performances were suspended due to health problems or mandatory military service, the inactive period would be added to the term.”

Two years later, he took them to court, saying that it was unfair, and today, the court agreed.

A district court ruled in favor of Woo, saying, “The first ten years after his debut album constitute virtually his entire life as a singer. Given the nature of the industry, the contract term is unfair and excessively infringes upon his rights.”

An appellate court upheld the decision.

Such excessively binding contracts in the showbiz industry came to light when three members of the popular boy band TVXQ filed a suit against its agency, SM Entertainment, to invalidate what they called “life-long slave contracts.”

1 Comment »

  1. […] Some trainees are under very stringent contracts, some as long as 13 years. Some contracts stipulate that if the trainee quits or is let go, they have to pay back the costs that the company has spent on their training, housing, etc so far, or would have spent on them had they continued onto a successful debut. […]

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