What they’ve found was sometimes startling. Yuna, a member of a band called Girls’ Generation that is under the same agency, is in a 13-year contract similar to the ones claimed by the three TVXQ complainants.
A member of Super Junior, a 13-member pop band managed by S.M., cannot leave the company for between five and 13 years.
“Even though I want to transfer to another management agency, it is not easy because of the long contract period and a large penalty I would have to pay,” the member said during a phone interview with the daily newspaper Ilgan Sports. “Since each member receives 1/13 of total profit earned from the band’s record sales, individual income is not that high.”
“A new management system and culture have to be developed so that new entertainers can also get legal advice when signing contracts,” he said.
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