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Cube Entertainment updates fans on changes in fan support methods after new law placed in effect

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Cube Entertainment is one of the first entertainment agencies to issue an official statement in light of a new law which came into effect on September 28. 


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The law, given the name 'The Kim Young Ran Law' after the name of its maker, was essentially created to prevent improper solicitation of favors after accepting gifts in forms of money, food, etc. The law seems to apply to anyone, but more strictly toward public workers. Simply put, it aims to prevent parents from offering monetary gifts to teachers to give their children special privileges in schools, to prevent monetary gifts being exchanged between lower-ranked workers and higher-ups in the work force, and to prevent any situations where individuals are subject to discrimination after hidden, monetary exchanges behind the scenes. 


'The Kim Young Ran Law' is very specific when it comes to monetary values allowed as gift offers between public workers. No one is allowed to provide public workers any food gifts amounting to greater than 30,000 KRW (~ 27 USD), any inedible gift items amounting to greater than 50,000 KRW (~ 45 USD), any monetary gifts amounting to greater than 100,000 KRW (~ 90 USD).


Cube Entertainment's statement in regard to updated fan support methods reads as follows: 


Artists schedules in which fan support is permitted: birthdays and special dates, concerts, official fan meetings, fan sign events. 

Artists schedules in which fan support is NOT permitted: music programs, drama sets and variety programs (any broadcasts), musicals, university festivals, regional festivals, non-public schedules, practice rooms. 

We will not accept any forms of support during any broadcast schedules (meals, snacks, gifts, etc).

We will only accept fan support negotiated with a valid person in charge prior to delivery. 

Negotiations must be made at least 3 days prior to the date of the event, but no support will be permitted on the weekends. 

The above guidelines will be in effect beginning October 1.


Similar procedures will most likely affect all entertainment agencies from now on, as a result of 'The Kim Young Ran Law'.

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    daFoolio Monday, October 3, 2016

    in terms of public support for idols.. yeah probably make a change... but in terms of everything else in terms of business and education... bla bla... it won't change thing.  SK will continue bribing until they get caught.

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    NANOJAE Saturday, October 1, 2016

    I don't understand the logic of the entertainment: The official law is limiting the amount of money/ the value of goods that one is allowed to send as gift -> why does that lead the entertainment to limit the number of events where one is allowed to support their idols????One law does limit the price of individual gifts whereas the entertainment limits supporting schedule..

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    NANOJAE Saturday, October 1, 2016

    As the article sais that will have affection on all entertainments. I have the oppinion that one can deal with this law in various ways!?

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    Blue82 Saturday, October 1, 2016

    I have a problem with the food part. Fans shouldn't be prohibited from providing snacks and meals. Although some agencies have become better about making sure their employees (idols and trainees) eat properly there are still many agencies that don't. There are also agencies that believe that meat and nicer meals are only for those who have worked the hardest and everyone else gets treated to the bare minimum. The snacks and meals provided by fans are sometimes the only treats that idols get. I don't have a problem with the law prohibiting expensive gifts since the idols often can't use everything and if they get caught giving away something it becomes a scandal. For those things fans can donate to their idol's favorite charities or contribute to special events done in honor of their idols.

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    krell Saturday, October 1, 2016

    Also, just in general, the K-pop Agencies need to *discourage* fan gifts. Rather, they should *encourage* a CHARITY CONTRIBUTION (so Direct MONEY) in the name of the K-pop Idols and Groups.

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    krell Saturday, October 1, 2016

    Another idea, would be for any GIFTS that are GIVEN to K-pop Idols and Agencies, should be SCREENED by a THIRD PARTY *approved* (S.KOREA Government monitored?) business firm. You just throw it all in a CONTAINER. And say once a month, it gets picked up by a TRUCK. They open it all elsewhere. And it gets decided what to do with all the CRAP that comes from K-pop Fans. You take the K-pop AGENCY EMPLOYEES *out* of the situation as much as you can do it. You could even have a *shared* DIRECT MAIL ADDRESS for *ALL* K-pop Idols and Groups. My guess, this would be *better* for EVERYONE involved; K-pop Idols and Fans.

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    nikkibaby krell Sunday, October 2, 2016

    This would only work for popular idol groups or those who already have an established fanbase. Some new groups or those from small agencies survive off of fan gifts. I remember one idol who slept on the floor for months until his fans bought him a bed. Or with busy schedules a lot of times they're only given energy drinks & candy to make it thru the day, the food they eat backstage are all fan gifts. Some of the richer idols now already donate their gifts or refuse them & encourage fans to donate it themselves. So yah for the big groups encouraging donations is fine but for the smaller ones where the agency doesn't really take care of them... they need all the help they can get.

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    krell nikkibaby Sunday, October 2, 2016

    Yes, *some* of the K-pop Groups are perhaps more like 'street musicians' if you will. But, for K-pop Idols that reach a certain INCOME level ; *then* you could apply the 'third party screening' of gifts to them. Monitor the ELEPHANTS (*larger* size K-pop firms) and *ignore* the FLEAS (*small* size K-pop firms). My *guess* is that the LARGER SIZE K-pop firms (SMe ; YGe ; JYPe ; Etc.) are the ones that get the BIG SHARE of these Fan Gifts. (NOT quite joking) ALSO, there is the aspect of being able to VALUE and TAX properly the GIFT INCOME !!! ... ;-)

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    LRM nikkibaby Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    The idol who slept on the floor was Cho Kyuhyun of Super Junior(but most of the time, sharing with Sungmin's bed or in a dunkin donut's tent) . He was added as the 13th member but he had no bed for 9 months. He dragged around his suitcase around the dorm, rotating between the members' rooms. When the fans knew about his situation, they wanted to buy him a bed. At least, he's the only one I knew who had the story of not having his own bed.

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    lyricaldancer10 Saturday, October 1, 2016

    I'm not s with this law. Some people spend a ridiculous amount of money on idols or other celebs they like and then some drama happens (items being trashed)

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    cutestwinry Saturday, October 1, 2016

    It's a great law for society but what does that have to do with idols O_o

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    krell cutestwinry Saturday, October 1, 2016

    The AKP Article relates in that this Law would apparently apply to K-pop Idols. And the legal manner in which they can receive gifts from fans.

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    pink_oracle cutestwinry Saturday, October 1, 2016

    No more dirty middle aged men giving teenage girls thousands of won worth of lingerie and the like. It's a good thing.

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    SuZi009 cutestwinry Saturday, October 1, 2016

    you didn't read the full article. cube ent. has published a statment related to this law cuz when fans send gifts such food to an artist in drama set or a tv show as an example there is an opputunity that the organizer would treat this artist better than other artists

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    cutestwinry SuZi009 Saturday, October 1, 2016

    Ah I get it now thanks

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    SuZi009 cutestwinry Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    welcome ^^

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    JeuNMF Saturday, October 1, 2016

    Was there any problem with "big gifts"? I mean in case of idols, they always seem happy (and should be) when a group of fans reunite money to send them support in form of food and so... Indeed I see it a sweet doing from them. And even the thing of lower worker paying a higher one is... Normal. I mean, it's his/her decision. It's like when rich people could buy a nobiliary title. The other thing is, if the higher one forces you to pay without a "reward". But that's their money, they can do whatever they please. By the way, giving money as a present does seem like a tatty present.Anyone knows if this law does allow to reunite money in group? I mean like... The top you can only give 100.000krw in monetary gifts. Would it be legal to give 200.000krw with a friend of yours?

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    JYJRainbow Saturday, October 1, 2016

    is this means fans can't send food truck to sets? :(

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    SahanaE JYJRainbow Saturday, October 1, 2016

    That's what I want to know. This law is so vague and broad that's hard to understand what exactly is allowed and not allowed. Does this also mean that idols aren't allowed to accept fan gifts at the airport. Some fans get their idols shoes but would that be considered too expensive. It's all too confusing.

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    mi_goreng Saturday, October 1, 2016

    ....

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    federick Saturday, October 1, 2016

    hmmmmm...

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