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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 14th, 2009 at 9:34 am

US Porn Producers Sue Over Illegal Korean Internet Downloads

Everyone is having it rough in these though economic times, even the pornographers, especially when their content is being illegally downloaded:

Adult movie makers in the United States and Japan have sued thousands of Korean Internet users for allegedly violating their intellectual property by downloading video clips and distributing them illegally for sale online.

Some 50 pornography manufacturers in both countries said they have suffered financial damage due to product misappropriation.

Kim Seon-ho, a lawyer for the manufacturers, said yesterday his clients have “filed a complaint against Korean Internet users, who made financial profits by selling video clips through file-sharing Web sites, for infringing on the intellectual property rights of an American firm that manages such rights for filmmakers.”

The lawyer also said that the American company had submitted complaints to 10 police precincts in Seoul and Gyeonggi.

The accused were so-called “heavy uploaders” who sell video clips in large quantities on Web sites.

“As a result of the mild punishment for those who steal the intellectual property of others, many Korean Internet users have stolen and used other people’s creations for illegal profits,” the complaint alleged. “Quick and decisive legal punishment is now needed to make Korean people realize the importance of protecting intellectual property rights.”

The American company added in the complaint that sales by manufacturers have decreased by 20 percent due to illegal copying.

On the other hand, the heavy uploaders are making profits of 20 to 30 million won ($16,100 to $24,240) a month.

The pornographic clips involved are “hardcore,” extremely graphic in nature.  [Joong Ang Ilbo]

I’m not a porno expert, but I thought the extremely hard core porn was illegal in Korea?  Any of you Korean porno experts know?

By the way I continue to be amazed by the profits in porn.  It is incredible how much these illegal downloaders are getting.  Additionally just by looking at my sidebar for most viewed postings this month you can see that sex and porn dominate web traffic.  I literally spend hours working on some of the postings on this site that get a few hundred page views and yet a posting about celebrity love dolls in China that took me probably three minutes to type up gets tens of thousands of page views.

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  • FOMOJOFOMO
    2:47 am on August 14th, 2009 1

    :lol: When did Japan jump into the "hardcore" business? Last time I check they always used blurring…….

  • The Sanity Inspector
    4:27 am on August 14th, 2009 2

    I’m not a porno expert, but I thought the extremely hard core porn was illegal in Korea?

    So's running red lights.

  • jak
    7:42 am on August 14th, 2009 3

    that's some bullshit! you can get free porn on internet!

  • pornster
    8:08 am on August 14th, 2009 4

    Porn sells. 90 of everything I do on the Internet is porn related. Thank God it's all free now!

  • alcyone
    9:44 am on August 14th, 2009 5

    Why South Korea? I mean I'm sure there are tons of illegal downloads going on in their respective company. Is there a reason why they're pursuing a much more complicated international lawsuit?

  • Zoner
    10:21 am on August 14th, 2009 6

    I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but many (most?) file-sharing sites in Korea require you to pay to download stuff. Yes, they make you pay to download stuff that they've ripped off elsewhere. Someone probably ripped the content from the American sites and uploaded it to a site like FDisk or Bigfile. Since the web site is already illegal, who cares if the content is the same?

  • Alex
    11:08 am on August 14th, 2009 7

    I discussed the story a little bit from reading through five articles on various news sources and how they present the information on my site.

    http://www.diffism.com/2009/08/14/a-comparison-of

    The case is being debated by "independent lawyers and judges" who say that there couldn't actually be any profits lost because hardcore pornography distribution in Korea is illegal. Makes you wonder if those "independent lawyers and judges" are scared that their IDs are amongst the 10,000.

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    3:19 am on August 15th, 2009 8

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  • Smokes
    4:35 pm on August 29th, 2013 9

    “The pornographic clips involved are “hardcore,” extremely graphic in nature.”

    Uh yeah unless it was outright snuff I’m going to call BS on that description. Todays humans are funny with their tolerance of violence and loathing of sex. Can’t wait until I PCS back to my home planet.

 

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