National Assembly representative Park Jung recently released a report from the Korean Copyright Protection Agency (KCPA) warning that sterner action was necessary against pirated streaming sites. According to his statements, many South Korean programs are constantly reuploaded to streaming sites even as they are just as equally frequently taken down. "Goblin" and "Itaewon Class" were cited as dramas that are particularly popular when it comes to being pirated.
"Goblin" is not closely monitored for copyright violations as it came out in 2016 and is considered relatively low value at this point. "Itaewon Class" is much more recent however, and appears to be nearly as widely pirated in spite of the stricter enforcement. Regarding overall copyright infringement the KCPA report states that from January to August of this year that of 26,479 reports made to offending cites 26,167 of those reports resulted in videos being deleted, a rate of 98.8%.
But Park Jung insisted on stricter monitoring, rather than just focusing on the high numbers. The impression given was that such pirating is extraordinarily common on the South Korean Internet. Park Jung also expressed concern that such piracy risked seriously damaging the production of domestic cultural content. No mention was made of foreign programming that has been similarly impacted by such piracy.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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