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Porn Studios Crack Down on South Korean File Sharing

Some 10,000 individuals in South Korea are being sued by Japanese and U.S. studios for sharing content without authorization.


Julie Jacobson · August 17, 2009

I don’t know why it is, but industry folks always seem to send me the CE-related stories about porn.

Such is the case with this news tip about 10,000 South Koreans being sued by U.S.- and Japan-based porn studios. Allegedly, these miscreants have shared their ill-gotten flicks online, without authorization.

The Korea Times quotes a lawyer for the film makers:  “We selected about 10,000 user IDs who are suspected of reaping business gains through their habitual uploading of foreign pornography on the Web sites. … We will also take legal action against some 80 file-sharing service providers for assisting in the distribution of the content.’‘

The case follows similar crack-downs in the U.S., where two felons lost huge judgments for uploading songs to Kazaa.

But I somehow doubt the South Korean defendants actually uploaded the videos in question.

I bet the cats did it.



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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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