[Trans] 130709 [C-Jes] A letter of Plea Regarding Loen Entertainment’s Unlawful Tyranny
This is C-JeS Entertainment.
C-JeS Entertainment (henceforth known as C-JeS) has received a sudden and unilateral notification from Loen Entertainment (henceforth known as Loen), the online and offline distributor of XIA (Junsu)’s second solo album that is scheduled to be released on the 15th of July. We would like to notify the fans and the public of the current unlawful situation.
C-JeS and Loen came to a verbal decision on the online and offline distribution contract for XIA (Junsu)’s second album, and came to an agreement to work together.
Afterwards, the representatives in charge met over five times and exchanged over 50 e-mails to work on the distribution of XIA (Junsu)’s second album. Ahead of the album’s release on the 15th, C-JeS rand Loen came to a final decision last week on the following promotional marketing strategies. (1. Showcase for Melon users, and the broadcast of the even live on MelonTV 2. Participation in a Melon Special Video 3. Promotional marketing strategies for the distribution of music to 5 online music sites)
However, we were sent a unilateral notification by Loen last night that overturned all of the previous agreements that had been made. Loen stated, “Though we will be distributing XIA (Junsu)’s music both online and offline. We have decided to nullify all other promotional marketing strategies.” Loen continued to state, “Please be understanding of this as it is a decision made within the company. Although the Melon users’ showcase will be aired live on LoenTV, it will be impossible to disclose the event on Melon.”
However, the idea of the showcase was first brought up by Loen. Through offline meetings and exchanged e-mails in June, Loen stated, “If C-JeS Entertainment holds a showcase with Loen, this will bring in more publicity for the album as it will be advertised on Melon and Melon’s mobile application,” and presented the offer of holding a showcase event. We accepted their explanation and came to the final decision to hold the showcase event with Loen, instead of a major portal site. Before sending an official announcement regarding the showcase to the press on the 3rd of July, we shared the content of the announcement with Loen and at the time, Loen stated, “We would like for information about LoenTV and MelonTV to be included.” We accepted this and implemented their suggestion before releasing the information. However, notifying us that it is impossible to disclose of the event on Melon, and that the event will be aired on Loen TV due to decisions made by those within the company, six days before the actual event itself, is in our opinion, tyranny by a super power.
Also, Loen’s statement that they will nullify all promotional marketing strategies while distributing the album online and offline, which comes a mere six days before the release date, is like saying that they will gain the profits from XIA (Junsu)’s fans but will not take on the responsibilities of the distributor of XIA (Junsu)’s second solo album.
For the past two months, Loen has had hands-on staff working on the distribution of XIA (Junsu)’s second album, and in the case of ’11 o’clock’ from XIA (Junsu)’s second album, they created a special clip and pre-released the track, also providing distribution services on iTunes. Although these actions were not laid out in a contract, they were agreed upon in an ‘actions first, contract later’ form, which can be proved through the countless e-mails, text messages and phone conversations between the two parties.
However, after the pre-release on the 2nd, the promotional banner for the showcase that was agreed upon through various e-mails and meetings has disappeared from the main page of both the PC and mobile version of Melon from the 4th of July. Although the teaser of XIA (Junsu)’s music video was released yesterday (8th), no banners or any other forms of promotion have been seen for it. Banners for other artistes working with Loen who released songs in a similar time period as XIA (Junsu) can be seen on Melon’s website and mobile application, but only XIA (Junsu)’s contents have disappeared from all main Melon pages since the 4th.
After receiving the notification from Loen last night, C-JeS’ album production team sent Loen an official document expressing their strong opposition to Loen’s actions, outlining that Loen’s plans of distributing the album without promoting or marketing is like killing the contents of the album, and that sending a notification 6 days before the release date of the album is an act of tyranny that stops us from creating a contract with better conditions. However, Loen’s answer has not changed since their initial notification.
What we can say for sure is that we have been suffering from the unseen and relentless external pressure placed upon JYJ till now, and we will not work with a super power who acts in a tyrannical nature. We will be filing a civil complaint to the Fair Trade Commission and the Ombudsman of Korea in order to bring justice to the current situation of Loen attempting to unilaterally terminate the agreements between two companies by abusing their advantaged position as a distribution company.
Also, if Loen does not reaffirm their promise to air the showcase live on MelonTV by today, we will terminate our decision with Loen to open the showcase to Melon users, and instead open seats up to a first-come-first-serve basis and air the event live through C-JeS’ official YouTube channel. We would like to apologize to the fans for such unfortunate news, and we promise to do our best to make the work behind the showcase and music distribution as smooth as possible.
Source: [C-JeS Official Homepage]
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