Kang Daniel‘s lawyers recently released a statement about their legal battle with LM Entertainment, updating fans with the news that courts have granted their request to suspend his contract with the company.
Hello. This is lawyer Yeom Yong Pyo of Yulchon LLC, the legal representative of singer Kang Daniel. On March 19, Kang Daniel filed an injunction to the Seoul District Courts to suspend his exclusive contract with his agency, and on May 10, the courts have reached the verdict to accept his request. As a result of the Seoul District Courts’ decision to accept his request, Kang Daniel will be able to pursue independent activities as a celebrity. The courts found that the joint business contract LM Entertainment signed with a third party on January 28, 2019 was a contract that transferred the majority of management rights for Kang Daniel to a third party. As Kang Daniel had not been contacted for prior consent, LM Entertainment’s actions not only went against the exclusive contract, but they also broke the trust that is the foundation of the exclusive contract. Therefore, it was decided that LM Entertainment’s actions made it difficult to maintain a relationship between the agency and Kang Daniel. As a result, the exclusive contract between Kang Daniel and LM Entertainment has been suspended, and LM Entertainment must not interfere in Kang Daniel’s activities, and they must not negotiate or sign contracts on his behalf or require him to pursue activities on their behalf.
Kang Daniel himself then took to Instagram to write a letter to fans after the victory.
I’m writing [this letter] because I wanted to inform everyone, who’s believed in and waited for me during these long three months, of [this news] myself. If I didn’t have the support and attention you’ve given me, I don’t think I could have gathered up the courage like this. During the long, long period of silence, I was touched and even cried as I read each and every one of your supportive messages. I was able to endure each day through your warmth and faith. Although I could have made [my situation] easier and faster by making compromises, I wanted to show you this image of myself going in the right and honorable direction, even if I went slowly. Thank you so, so much to all the fans who believed in my actions and my thoughts. I’ll now return all the courage and faith that I’ve received from everyone so far. I’ll appear on the precious stage that you guys have helped made possible with a great song and better image. All the fans! Please keep an eye out for rookie singer Kang Daniel, who will be making a fresh start. Once again, thank you so much.
Obviously things are not quite over yet legally as the appeals process still has to play out, but this also vindicates the position that Kang Daniel’s side has held all along.
While I admittedly have not followed the details of this case all that closely, I was always skeptical as hell about any company that would try to trademark the name of one of their artists.