C-JeS Announcement – The Guideline for JYJ Fan Support (Dec 13, 2011)
Greetings from C-JeS Entertainment.
We, the company in charge of JYJ’s management, hereby establish the below Guideline for Fan Support effective from Jan 1, 2012.
Until now, we have considered events and sales of goods produced by fan sites as a sphere of fans’ self-regulation. However, it has become inevitable to set the management’s policy regarding fan supports in the form of a guideline because the uses of the artists’ right
to their names without any permission and profit-making that lost the power of self-regulation have occurred. It would be appreciated if you could note this guideline regarding fan supports.
Fan-made goods especially have been serious problems because 1) this has turned into forms of business with high profits beyond the range of fan-activities, 2) the fan goods with artists’ images are being sold in other countries at high price by illegal merchants, 3) due to the industrialization of fan-made goods, the manufacturing of official products which are designed to give back fair earnings to the artists has been damaged, and 4) it causes actual disadvantages for artists as it effects the conditions of violation on official contracts for merchandising products. Therefore, strict policy [as below] will be taken regarding the sales of goods and events.
1) It is prohibited to use JYJ’s right to the names[Nomensrecht] and portrait (photos and images) on [fan-made] products.
2) When there are fan-events of JYJ (Jaejoong/Yuchun/Junsu) involving more than 100 people in attendance, the organizing bodies must inform [C-JeS] about the details of the events in advance.
If there are any entry fees, prior consultation and approval from C-JeS are required regarding the details of funds raised by the entry fees.
(Events with less than 100 people in attendance or events with no entry fees are excluded.)
3) If funds are raised as entry fees or donations, even if it is for fan supports or charity, such information must be shared with C-JeS in advance.
In spite of these guidelines, we believe that healty fan culture only can be established not by the warnings from the management company but through fans’ own awareness and will. Your wise judgement as fans who love JYJ would be most appreciated.
Many fan-sites declare that the profits from their events or sales of goods are used for the members’ supports or other activities as the money comes from other fans.
However, it became controversial because there have hardly been any statements or reports saying where the fans’ money are actually used.
As the scale of events or profits from fan-made goods are much bigger than the past since not only domestic fans but also international fans pay for them, the sum of money they handle is unimaginably large.
In principle, many fan-made goods violate the artists’ right to their names and portraits, but it was tolerated based on fans’ self-regulation. However, this has become more ‘industrialized’ with huge amount of profit by using the artists’ own rights without any permission or detailed report.
With this official guideline, we hope that events or fan-made goods would have more healty structures in order to protect not only the members’ rights and fair earnings but also fans’ precious money that is paid for the sincere support.
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