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Posted by Germaine-Jay Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Source Music reportedly trademarks GFriend after members leave label

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Source Music has reportedly trademarked GFriend.

Source Music just revealed all 6 members of the girl group decided to part ways with the label after 6 years, and on May 18, reports revealed the agency submitted an application to own the trademarks for the name "GFriend" in both Korean and English at the Korean Intellectual Property Office. 

The applications reportedly cite the trademarks for GFriend in Korean back to January of 2015 and GFriend in English from March of 2020 onwards. 

With the news of Source Music's trademark over the group name, many fans are wondering whether the girl group members will continue promoting under the name GFriend and how the trademark application will affect them.

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Ninjapotato
Ninjapotato-249 pts Tuesday, May 18, 2021 7
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Redebut them as Ex-GFriend 💀

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trogdorthe8th
trogdorthe8th11,154 pts Tuesday, May 18, 2021 3
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Financially it makes sense, but I know this will understandably frustrate fans. Regardless of the moral stance on this decision, Source put stock and investment into the group, so it makes sense that they'd want to maintain a certain control of the assets that come from such an investment. As others have said, this doesn't mean the group can't go on to do work together as we've seen other groups do that left their respective companies together. I'll be interested to see how this pans out, as it doesn't seem viable for some of the members to do much in the way of solo work. Who knows, maybe some of them really just need a break after such a long and constant grind in the industry.

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