MBK Entertainment Founder Kim Kwang Soo Talks About T-ara’s Past Controversy

Recently music producer and MBK Entertainment founder Kim Kwang Soo sat down for a long interview about his involvement in T-ara’s controversy in 2012. The interviewer mentioned that last year, conversations between the rest of T-ara and Ryu Hwayoung and Ryu Hyoyoung had come to light and asked why those conversations had not been revealed to […]

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MBK Entertainment’s Kim Kwang Soo Explains Why He Kept His Work On “The Unit” A Secret

Recently MBK Entertainment founder and music producer Kim Kwang Soo gave an interview where he confirmed his work on “The Unit” and its project groups UNB and UNI.T and why he had kept it under wraps. As a producer, Kim Kwang Soo also invested about 5.7 billion won (about $5.26 million) into creating the program, with […]

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Union Of Korean Pop Culture And Arts Releases Statement About Trademark Issue Between T-ara and MBK

After T-ara filed documentation outlining grounds for rejection of MBK Entertainment’s trademark application for their group name, the Union of Korean Pop Culture and Arts released a statement to respond to the issue between the members and their former agency.

On January 19, the union stated, “The agency has spent a great deal of time and effort creating, producing, planning, discovering, and investing in the group to increase their activities and popularity, which means the agency should be recognized as their producer and creator. In addition, it is a matter of course that a creator would claim ownership of their original creative works, and the agency and creators have every right to protect such ownership without giving up on it.”

Furthermore, they added, “It’s MBK’s right as the one who produced, created, and planned the group T-ara to apply for ownership of the name. This is not only an issue between MBK and T-ara, but it is also recognized as a matter of group rights and interests protection as a member of the Union of Korean Pop Culture and Arts. Therefore, MBK has the legitimate right to apply for a trademark of T-ara.”

The Union of Korean Pop Culture and Arts also emphasized that strong sanctions can be imposed on immoral entertainers who undermine the order and morals of the industry.

MBK Entertainment head Kim Kwang Soo also recently spoke about why the agency is seeking to trademark the group name.

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MBK Entertainment’s Kim Kwang Soo Explains Why He Wants To Keep T-ara’s Name

MBK Entertainment head Kim Kwang Soo has revealed why he wants to keep T-ara’s name.

It was announced on January 19 that the T-ara members filed documentation outlining grounds for rejection of MBK Entertainment’s trademark application for the group name. MBK Entertainment filed for trademark rights of the group name T-ara in December 2017.

On January 19, Kim Kwang Soo said about the issue, “I have no greed about the name T-ara. I don’t have plans to pick new members for T-ara. I just want to protect the name T-ara. Can’t I keep the traces of the hard work our company put in during that time to make the name known to the public?”

T-ara debuted in 2009 with the members chosen by Kim Kwang Soo himself. T-ara started off as a six-member group, and experienced some lineup changes during their history. T-ara’s remaining four members left the company in December of 2017.

Kim Kwang Soo shared, “After deciding on the name T-ara, I chose the members and created the group. Everything began with the name. It’s not something just owned by the four members, Hyomin, Jiyeon, Eunjung, and Qri. It belongs to the company and everyone who has worked with T-ara.”

This is the first time MBK Entertainment has filed for a trademark application. Kim Kwang Soo also formed SG Wannabe and Davichi, but those two groups are now promoting under B2M Entertainment.

In regards to this, Kim Kwang Soo explained, “We gave permission for SG Wannabe and Davichi to use their names after they went to different companies. The members respectfully asked themselves to keep their group names. I allowed it to happen. It could have been the same for T-ara. However, some members have shown only greed for the name, and their actions don’t match their words. We’ve been together for 10 years, so I am very upset.”

Hyomin, Jiyeon, Eunjung, and Qri are currently without an agency after their contracts with MBK Entertainment ended. However, the members shared their desire to keep T-ara through messages posted on their social media accounts.

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T-ara Submits Grounds For Refusal Of MBK’s Trademark Application, MBK Responds


It has been revealed that T-ara officially filed documentation outlining grounds for rejection of MBK Entertainment’s trademark application for the group’s name.

On January 19, an attorney who submitted said documentation two days prior to the Korean Intellectual Property Office as T-ara’s representative explained that MBK Entertainment’s pending application can be rejected under the Trademark Act. The attorney also stated that in the instance that MBK Entertainment’s application is approved and not rejected, they will be filing a formal objection.

MBK Entertainment was previously revealed to have applied to register a trademark for T-ara on December 28, 2017, the same month Hyomin, Eunjung, Qri, and Jiyeon’s contracts ended.

Regarding this new development, MBK Entertainment commented, “[T-ara’s submission of grounds for rejection] is something that will be settled legally within the limits of the law. This is not something we need to express our opinion about and respond to,” and stated they will be waiting for the decision of the Korean Intellectual Property Office.

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