G-Dragon and Taeyang may lose rights to their artist names if they do not renew their contract with YG.
According to AllKpop, YG owns a range of trademark rights for the members of Big Bang, and that includes "G-Dragon" and "TAEYANG". YG acquired the trademark rights to "G-Dragon" way back on 2003 even before Big Bang debuted, and later on, "TAEYANG" in 2015.
Big Bang is the biggest earners for YG and having the members re-contracting with the company will be a huge boost to its share price. “If there's little chance that the entire Big Bang will move to another company, G-Dragon and Taeyang are sure to be powerful solo artists if they don't re-sign. In this regard, it's YG, which has a wide range of trademark rights who is likely to benefit from the renewal," a securities firm researcher stated.
G-Dragon and Taeyang have both amassed a huge number of fans with their hard work and flawless performances, and our take? Regardless of what stage name they go with, their fans will still follow them.