South Korean Lawmakers Crack Down on Makers of K-Pop. Good. (You’ll See What I Mean.)

The South Korean government has passed a law that will crack down hard on some of the widespread practices seen within the K-Pop industry.  A look at the law–which comes into effect on July 29–will tell you everything you need to know about how business has been conducted up until now.

1. Underage stars will be guaranteed the basic right to sleep, rest and schooling.

2.  Children under 15 will not be able to work more than 35 hours a week.  Those over 15 will be limited to 40 hours a week.

3.  Minors cannot work between 10 pm and 6 am unless they have permission from their guardians.

4. Minors cannot be coerces into dancing sexually suggestive choreography, nor can they be forced into wearing revealing stage outfits.

5. And get this:  a five year prison sentence faces anyone who forces underage talent to act out a rape or sexually harassment scene in a TV show, film or music video.

Jeezus.  Read the whole story at the Hollywood Reporter.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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