Tuesday, February 18, 2014

JYJ, Japanese label AVEX end legal dispute

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
JYJ and their former Japanese label AVEX have reached an agreement effectively ending their legal battle concerning the Korean boy band’s music activities in Japan.
In an announcement posted on its website, C-Jes Entertainment, JYJ’s agency in South Korea, said the two sides have reached the settlement through mediation.
(From left) JYJ’s Junsu Jaejoong and Yoochun (www.newsen.com)

“C-JeS (JYJ) and AVEX have agreed to terminate all legal disputes that have occurred between the two parties. C-JeS (JYJ) and AVEX will not interfere with each other’s activities in the future,” C-JeS said.
C-JeS president Baek Changjoo was quoted in Korean media saying that with the agreement, JYJ members are now hoping to hobnob with their Japanese fans.
The conflict between JYJ and AVEX started in 2010, with the company suspending the band’s Japanese activities pointing to the alleged questionable character of the C-JeS head.
The suspension meant that JYJ would not be able to hold any activities in Japan including concerts.
A month after the March 2011 earthquake in Japan, JYJ announced that they would hold a charity concert at the Saitama Super Arena. But AVEX said JYJ could not hold the concert as they were still under contract with the agency. Saitama Super Arena honored AVEX, rejecting the JYJ concert application.
It was then that C-JeS filed a case against AVEX.
In January last year, a Tokyo District Court ruled in favor of JYJ and C-JeS, ordering AVEX not to interfere in JYJ’s Japanese activities since it has no exclusive rights to manage their career.
It also ordered AVEX to pay C-JeS 665,957,108 yen (about $6.5 million or P292 million) as compensation damage and an additional 1 million yen ($9,800 or P438,000) for C-JeS president Baek Changjoo.
AVEX appealed the court ruling.
Prior, in 2009, Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu also sued SM Entertainment when they broke away from boy band TVXQ to form JYJ.
Although the case had been settled in November 2012, JYJ still hasn’t performed on Korean TV music shows.
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