Porn Studios Sue 10,000 Korean File Sharers

from the that'll-work dept

Apparently some porn studios haven't realized what a disaster the RIAA's "sue 'em all" strategy has been. A bunch of US- and Japan-based porn studios have supposedly decided to sue 10,000 individuals in South Korea for uploading unauthorized porn. Do they actually think this will help their business models? On top of this, they're asking the police to investigate as well, hoping to get some of the lawsuits to lead to jailtime. I'm sure that South Korean citizens are happy their gov't signed a "free trade" agreement with the US that included a bunch of provisions put there by US entertainment industry lobbyists, resulting in these strict new copyright laws.


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    aguywhoneedstenbucks (profile), Aug 14th, 2009 @ 11:36am

    The difference here is that everyone will roll over on this because no one wants to go to court for porn. This is a much more solid business model than the RIAA's model. No one, no matter whether you did it or not, would want to fight this because they don't want their name associated with being that creepy dude with porn.

     

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      Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 14th, 2009 @ 12:29pm

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      "The difference here is that everyone will roll over on this because no one wants to go to court for porn"

      I would. The idea of standing in my own defense in front of a white-haired female judge and a jury of my peers, introducing defense exhibit after defense exhibit of just the dirtiest, most filthiest hardcore monkey sex you've ever seen is highly appealing to me.

      "Your Honor, I would like to instruct the court stenographer to slow the video down to 4x slow motion, if I may. Note, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the way that the balls slap in an elastic manner off of the starfish. And your honor, if it please the court, I'd like it on the record that the technique you are seeing is the Double Fish Hook. Please your Honor, instruct juror number four, yes the Mormon woman, instruct to cease her vomitting or I must insist on a mistrial..."

       

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    Lucretious, Aug 14th, 2009 @ 12:33pm

    what gets me is why anyone even bothers to download porn at all. If there's one thing in abundance on the internet its free porn.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 14th, 2009 @ 12:36pm

    Oh, I can see this ending SO well.

    Nothing like telling your customers "we can and will out you publicly, if we feel like it".

     

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    DCX2, Aug 14th, 2009 @ 1:51pm

    Commercial pirates

    From the tone of the summary, you probably wouldn't consider if some of those being sued were profiting commercially from the unauthorized porn.

    But, sure enough, if you go actually read the article, they mention about 80 web sites also being sued.

     

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    Rich Kulawiec, Aug 14th, 2009 @ 1:55pm

    They're in for a bit of a shock

    As I presume everyone's been aware for years, there are enormous numbers of "zombies" (comprised/hijacked systems, nearly all running Windows) out there. Sensible estimates place the total number worldwide somewhere above 100 million.

    But they're not equally distributed. In particular, Korea "enjoys" a particularly large concentration of them. (It's by no means the only country disproportionately represented.) The relevance to this case is that there's no way to know which systems involved were doing so (a) under the control of their former owners, the people whose desks they're on or (b) under the control of their new owners, the people who control them now. So -- at minimum -- they're going to need to perform forensic-grade examinations on every computer system involved.

     

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      Arudis, Aug 16th, 2009 @ 1:50am

      Re: They're in for a bit of a shock

      Nobody uses a botnet to watch porn. I mean seriously. And the reason apple computers aren't usually involved is because they aren't nearly as ubiquitous as pcs. That's like trying to take over a computer by compromising their home-brew email client. What's the point?

       

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    Merlin, Aug 14th, 2009 @ 3:46pm

    Seriously

    All jokes aside, Korea is an *extremely* conservative country. Porn is not actually legal there, so being associated with it would bring intense shame onto any member's family.

    The government doesn't want its people furthering the poison that porn represents to their nationalistic ideals, so they're probably allowing the porn industry to go through with these lawsuits. Otherwise there's no way the government would let this happen, as they are *extremely* protective of their citizens.

     

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    Merlin, Aug 14th, 2009 @ 3:47pm

    Seriously

    All jokes aside, Korea is an *extremely* conservative country. Porn is not actually legal there, so being associated with it would bring intense shame onto any member's family.

    The government doesn't want its people furthering the poison that porn represents to their nationalistic ideals, so they're probably allowing the porn industry to go through with these lawsuits. Otherwise there's no way the government would let this happen, as they are *extremely* protective of their citizens.

     

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    Archbishop, Aug 15th, 2009 @ 3:08am

    I'm teaching in Korea now and saw this lawsuit mentioned on the same English news site. My guess is this will be dismissed. Porn is illegal here and you can't sue someone who's stealing from a business that is illegal. It's not on the same level as suing a heroin supplier for cutting heroin, but it has the same odds in court.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Aug 15th, 2009 @ 7:10am

      Re:

      > I'm teaching in Korea now and saw this lawsuit mentioned on the same
      > English news site. My guess is this will be dismissed. Porn is illegal here
      > and you can't sue someone who's stealing from a business that is illegal. It's
      > not on the same level as suing a heroin supplier for cutting heroin, but it
      > has the same odds in court.

      Just had a brilliant idea for getting rid of RIAA shenanigans.... make music illegal!

       

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    John The Gardener (profile), Aug 17th, 2009 @ 5:18am

    Sentenced for uploading porn - it would look ubercool in CV

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 17th, 2009 @ 3:02pm

    Does anyone have the Korean Minister for Tourism as I would like to ask them how having 10,000 Korean porn file shares is affecting his countries international image .... :)

     

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