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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > South Korea and Its “Three-Strikes” Regime

South Korea and Its “Three-Strikes” Regime

South Korea and Its “Three-Strikes” Regime

Added: Monday, April 15th, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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Back in July 2009, South Korea became the first country to adopt the so-called “graduated response” system, also known as “three-strikes”. At the moment, the local lawmakers and human rights experts want to reconsider the legislation and fix it.

Not long after the country enforced the “three-strikes” system, the content industry turned the country’s attempt to tackle piracy into a model which should be adopted by everyone in the world. Fortunately, this never happened, though the graduated response system still appealed to France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Under South Korean law, the Minister of Culture or the Korean Copyright Commission has the right to ask ISPs to suspend their customers’ accounts and block or delete Internet content which infringed copyright, without any judicial process or any chance to challenge the claims of copyright violation and appeal. Of course, the Internet users didn’t like the new legislation at all.

In South Korea, instead of taking a shot at heavy uploaders, the “three-strikes” regime went right off the scale, with half a million takedown notices being already sent by copyright owners. For that, more than 400 Korean Internet accounts were closed down. Most of them were Internet storage providers, and one curious Korean politician found out that only half of those suspended accounts were really infringing copyright – at a minimal scale of $0.90!

As a result, the country’s National Human Rights Commission brought a suggestion last week for the “three-strikes” regime to be revised, because the legislation was not only ineffective, but could even lead to a potential breach of the human rights to receive and impart data and to participate in the cultural life of the community. The Korean politician and a dozen of members of the Korean National Assembly are going to change the situation by forwarding a plan able to break the “three-strikes” system down.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) was quick to respond to their initiative, claiming that the outfit, along with other largest international online rights entities like Creative Commons Korea, Free Software Foundation, La Quadrature du Net, OpenMedia, and Public Knowledge, promised to strongly support the abovementioned stand for the Korean citizens.

April 15th,2013

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Date:  Monday, April 15th, 2013

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-04-15 20:13:58)
No avatarBest way to protest against this would be to cancel your agreements with your ISP upon receiving your first strike, let the ISP argue with the entertainment industry about said ISP having no customers left.

posted by men (2013-04-16 00:58:39)
solyd avatar@ Exar_Kun

I could not agree with you more.

I have always believed that this is the only reason the ISP's have not enforced strikes on us yet, at least not here in the UK. They would lose too much business.

I remember several years ago, internet providers selling 2 gig download allowance packages or 5 gig packages right up to max price for unlimited download packages. The only reason people need maximum download allowance is clearly for downloading movies and the ISP have allways known this, so if they stop it, people wont need unlimited download package deals any more so they would at the very least have to lower the price to take into account that nobody needs unlimited deals anymore.

The day I ever recieve a strike from an ISP, Is the day I will strike them from my monthly billing cycle, no matter what the cost to pay off the remaining months of my contract, Purely for the simple reason of, if I can no longer download, then I no longer need the the internet plus landline and the average £20-£25 bill that comes with it.

posted by (2013-04-16 21:43:29)
No avatarConsumer boycotts will never work. Assuming you could get even a third of consumers to participate, which would never happen, the big ISPs they will put pressure on lawmakers to force all ISPs to participate. AT&T and the government have been working hand in hand to snoop on Americans and foreigners since phones had cranks on them, congress will back their buddies.

posted by (2013-04-17 02:39:02)
Kharo avatarSo here we are again. Goverment going after the little Fishies and avoiding the big ones. 5 Years after Lehman Brothers they managed to install “three-strikes” against unlicenced software copy because all the digital dealer lobbyist claim they lost gazillions money? That ought to save society from what not ever happening again exactly?

posted by (2013-04-18 03:25:37)
rebornawareness avatarI don't believe that it's a coincidence that the new Window's 8 is built with a backdoor switch to allow files to be remotely deleted off your computer, and this article claims the ISP's will be asked to delete illegal content... I ain't going near windows 8 with a 10 foot pole, especially since anything Political could be deleted off your computer, such a documentaries exposing the AIDS fraud (no such this AS you've been brainwashed to believe) or cancer cure videos or conspiracy vids etc.

posted by ET junkiemen (2013-04-19 15:59:33)
xxxskfxxx avatarthe world is bieng blown to pieces ,people maimed and tortured ,people starving to death and goverments chase people who file share.

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