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JYJ-SM Lawsuit Series #1: How does SM work?

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*Background Information*
On July 31st, 2009, Jaejoong, Yuchun, and Junsu (JYJ) from a Korean five-member boyband TVXQ filed a lawsuit to terminate their contract with S.M. Entertainment, asserting that the terms of the contract were unfair. Their legal dispute continued for 3 years and 4 months, until both parties came to a compromise on November 28th, 2012, with termination of JYJ's contract with S.M. and a promise not to interfere with each other's activities. Although JYJ did not fully win the lawsuit, their case is noteworthy as they are the first of Korean pop idols to successfully attain termination of their contract with their management company in the strictly hierarchical relationship between Korean entertainment companies and their artists.

This video describes SM's position in the JYJ-SM lawsuit. While this video does not provide an in-depth look into the specifics of how SM controls its artists and a larger part of the entertainment industry, it should suffice as an introductory video to the second and third part of the JYJ-SM Lawsuit Series.