Saturday, September 12, 2009

Korean porn downloaders trying to stick it to angry foreign porn producers.

The Korea Times reports that porn producers in the US and Japan are going after 65,000 Koreans, up from the original 10,000, for illegally uploading and profiting from their videos. An excerpt:
U.S. and Japanese porn makers are suing 65,000 people here who they claim have downloaded their products without permission.

This is the second round of the battle following their attempt to take culprits to court last July.

Then, a group of 50 porn producers in the two countries filed a lawsuit against 10,000 Koreans for posting the producers' adult films on local file-sharing Web sites.

They also alleged that Koreans charged subscribers to download them.

However, the prosecution decided to investigate only those who uploaded the films more than three times, with only 10 of them being held legally responsible.

Dissatisfied with the result, they plan to file a lawsuit next week against 65,000 Korean Internet users.

Interesting to note that when news of this first broke, with the lawsuit against those 10,000 Koreans, the objection expressed in the paper was that because porn is illegal, you can't make a copyright claim on it.
[M]any independent lawyers and judges claim the suit is legally groundless. A senior judge said, ``It doesn't make sense that those running illegal businesses file complaints against users of illegal content.''

However, is the content illegal in the countries where it's produced? Because then the producers wouldn't be "those running illegal businesses."

Porn is big business here, and this gives me the delightful opportunity to repost the link which tells us that Koreans spend more on internet porn per capita than users of any other nationality. About three times more than the average Japanese person, about twelve times the average American, and over seventeen times as much as the average Canadian. I got that from this blog, and posted it last August in an entry on one of South Korea's wars on Google.

3 comments:

ROK Hound said...

"with the lawsuit against those 10,000 Koreans, the objection expressed in the paper was that because porn is illegal, you can't make a copyright claim on it [...] It doesn't make sense that those running illegal businesses file complaints against users of illegal content."

Yeah, the point you made: porn is illegal in KOREA, not in Canada or the US or many other countries. They are legal businesses and the movies are legally viewable by those old enough. And copyright applies to them.

Just because it is illegal in KOREA, the copyright is not all of a sudden void.

Poor, poor Almond Tease and 딸기... making perfectly legal films in Canada and distributing said films FROM Canada, but arrested and fined IN KOREA for making "illegal" films.

Keith said...
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kissmykimchi said...

Maybe they should start buying their porn the old fashioned way: bootleg DVD!