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Tomorrow, certainly the sky will clear up, just like you are here with me.

This lawsuit issue with DBSK has reminded me of a piece I read by user 'kimtaitai' in a forum a long time ago. The earliest example of this writing (which is reposted on many blogs) I've found on AsianFanatics from 2006. It's a strong message from an H.O.T. fan to DBSK fans and one that shows us that the battle the band is fighting today is not just a recent one, but one that is relevant to the core of their existence as a band.

I've taken the liberty of rewriting it but please read the original piece if you have time.

Kimtaitai is member of clubH.O.T. and a H.O.T. fan. She felt H.O.T. and DBSK were very similar at debut, winning major awards in the year following and their fans were young girls/junior high students too. She expressed hope DBSK fans would be so loyal as H.O.T. fans even after years. As an important member of the H.O.T. official fanclub and knowing music industry insiders, she knew unfair treatment of the artists by SM Entertainment was true. Kimtaitai wanted to warn DBSK fans about how SM Entertainment treats artists and their fans badly.

"SM is honestly a dangerous place. As you like DBSK more I am sure that your hatred for SM will only grow"

H.O.T. members were punished physically, and when they split up, SM Entertainment not only boycotted JTL's independent activities by coercion of broadcasting companies but also didn't help Moon HeeJun promote his second album despite his first album sales of 600,000.

Kimtaitai asks the fans to buy artists' albums as the only way to help them. This is the only way in SM Entertainment's system to enable the artists to earn money.

"Whenever H.O.T albums came out, we fans bought AT LEAST 2 copies. That's the only reason whenever a new album came out they were able to surpass 1 million album sales. [...] H.O.T. boys... for every album they received approximiately 2 cents. [...] For five people if it's 2 cent, that means its not even a quarter cent per person. [...]
Any commercials, and any shows, anything, all that money goes to SM.
So its basically an unjust contract, a slave contract. We heard that the contract between DBSK and SM is immense, but thats not always a good thing. [...]
Do you think the term "slave contract" came out of nowhere??
DBSK right now...they are probably having a really hard time."

She also describes SM Entertainment's impossible contract termination fees and Lee SooMan's influence in SM Entertainment, becoming rich by illegal contracts and having a puppet president of the company on paper (Kim KyungWook). Even H.O.T.'s former manager tried to get them out of SM Entertainment.

"We raised SM and then we were stepped on by SM and died."

The money earned from H.O.T. was reinvested into the company (developing BoA) while H.O.T., along with their record-breaking fanclub, were ignored and left behind.

"All of you will get older with DBSK. We were the same. We used to say that "we're aging together," and these days those words sound so sad.
As time goes feelings will be stronger, and we sincerely hope that DBSK doesn't endure the same scars from SM, as H.O.T. had. Don't take the same hurt as we did. Within DBSK, create an awesome fan culture. With every childless statement, the fan image is slowly ruined. Become fans that think about what you say, when announcing you are their fans. Don't ever be faltered by any rumors, and always trust the member.

Singers will never betray their fans.

Please don't do things that they don't like. You shouldn't ever make your favorite singer feel disappointed in you. If you are going to believe this and that, or just move on to someone else, then don't like them from the start. It will only be scars upon that singer/group. As you grow older, even if you find a boyfriend don't ever forget that you are DBSK fans. At first it may just be a fantasy for you but as time passes and as you grow older you will realize that they mean a lot more to you than you know. In your heart, you will never forget your younger days when you were their fans...
Please make sure it is only memories that you will not regret... "

Cassiopeia fighting!

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