South Korea lives in the future (of brutal copyright enforcement)


11 Responses to “South Korea lives in the future (of brutal copyright enforcement)”

  1. m_a_s says:

    Somehow, I think looking at Korea is the “rosy sunglasses” view of the future in the US.

  2. RElgin says:

    South Korea changed its Internet and copyright laws back in 2010 and, as part of the US/FTA and its provisions regarding copyright enforcement, local ISPs have been begun to disconnect users after having received three complaints, however a “second procedure allows the Minister of Culture to recommend that households be disconnected from the Internet; or that material hosted on web servers be censored, or that an ISP send a threatening “warning” letter to a customer.”
    The Minister of Culture (as of 2010) had sent out 65,000 recommendations which local ISPs have treated as a lawful termination order, thus cutting off all but 40 customers (cite).  This has been done with no judicial oversight or due process and pretty much at the whim of the Ministry of Culture.  This means that almost any Korean internet poster could be cut off the internet due to an anonymous and unsubstantiated claim of copyright abuse, all without any judicial review.  If someone like “Minerva” popped up now, and quoted or even cited information that was published elsewhere, their ISP account could be cut off quickly under the guise of copyright/IP protection as defined by the FTA with America.

  3. Scott Rubin says:

    This is hilarious. I watch a bit of South Korean television, and they are constantly violating copyrights! They will blatantly insert music and clips from other movies and TV shows with reckless abandon. There is no indication they were able to actually license all of these things, yet they never get in trouble at all.

    • James Penrose says:

      It’s OK when the giant corporations do it you see.

      It’s those pesky kids who downloaded a 99 cent song that are ruining the industry.

      Besides, most governments get a *lot* of money from the corporations, and in places like Korea or Japan or China, the ties between corporations and government are so tight as to be come indistinguishable.

    • JonS says:

      Could that not be fair use?

      The way you describe it – “they insert music and clips” – certainly sounds like it could be. Maybe?

  4. Boundegar says:

    90 cents? Infringement “cost less than 90 U.S. cents”?  Poppycock!  Those violations cost US artists one trillion dollars!  Each!

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