South Korean Prosecutors Reject Charges Against Thousands Of Uploaders

from the no-mass-infringement-cases dept

Last month, we noted that a group of mostly Japanese porn publishers tried to bring charges against 10,000 people under South Korea's harsh new copyright laws, claiming that they were guilty of uploading copyrighted material. More recently, those same publishers announced plans to increase the number sued to nearly 65,000. Well, that plan may not be getting very far as Michael Scott alerts us to the news that South Korean prosecutors have rejected the charges against those 10,000 uploaders, instead saying they would just charge 10 "habitual offenders," though those offenders may face jail time.
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  1. identicon
    Kazi, 21 Sep 2009 @ 3:39am

    Re:

    Is Andrew Hall somehow related to copyright? No.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 21 Sep 2009 @ 3:51am

    Selective Enforcement

    Ahhh, the old selective enforcement ploy. Simply pass overly-broad draconian laws and then use selective enforcement rather than admit any problem with the law itself. Helps keep everyone scared and in line. Same old same old.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3. identicon
    Alex, 21 Sep 2009 @ 5:25am

    laws?

    Is this another version of 'us riaa/hollywood enforcing it's laws on another country'? People need to learn about Proxies....and usenet....

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 21 Sep 2009 @ 5:30am

    Except for the China, U.S., U.K. and France who would send thousands to prison other then dictatorships?

    It is a ridiculous situation the actual state of affairs in the IP world.

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  5. icon
    Dark Helmet (profile), 21 Sep 2009 @ 6:43am

    Re: laws?

    You ARE aware that the story said Japanese porn producers.....right?

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 21 Sep 2009 @ 11:54am

    Re: Selective Enforcement

    Helps keep everyone scared and in line.

    They're just working towards reunification with North Korea.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  7. icon
    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), 21 Sep 2009 @ 12:20pm

    Re: Re: laws?

    I have to wonder if their response would be different had it been Korean porn producers.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  8. identicon
    Luci, 21 Sep 2009 @ 3:09pm

    Re:

    Well, one problem, there? In the US it's a civil offense, not a criminal one, so, yeah. No jail time. Nice try, though.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  9. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 21 Sep 2009 @ 6:06pm

    Re: Re:

    Well, one problem, there? In the US it's a civil offense, not a criminal one, so, yeah. No jail time. Nice try, though.

    The United States No Electronic Theft Act (NET Act), a federal law passed in 1997, provides for criminal prosecution of individuals who engage in copyright infringement, even when there is no monetary profit or commercial benefit from the infringement. Maximum penalties can be five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

    Now you may disagree, but I'd consider five years in prison to be "jail time". "Nice try", yourself.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


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