Tuesday, July 19, 2005

South-Korean Music Labels Target Blogs

In South-Korea, sixty domestic music labels are preparing a collective lawsuit against 4,000 people: not for file-sharing through P2P networks, but by offering music files for download on a popular blog service, Naver:
"We demanded Naver force its personal blog service users to delete music files they illegally uploaded on their blogs," a representative from the labels told reporters. "But Naver passively reacted to our demands, and we decided to file a lawsuit against 4,000 Internet users for violating copyright law."
This is the first action after a recent copyright reform, which apparently outlawed both the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted material.


Anonymous Branko Collin said...

"which apparently outlawed both the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted material"

How do you outlaw something that is illegal?

Was that sarcasm?

19/7/05 22:53  
Blogger Rik Lambers said...

Ah, Branko, welcome back. That must be subconscious sarcasm then, having some trouble with the term "illegal" in this (file-sharing) context myself. I meant uploading/downloading that constitutes a copyright infringement is outlawed. I guess something like the Swedes have done in their recent copyright reform. But let me know if you know more about the South-Korean situation.

20/7/05 00:05  
Anonymous Branko Collin said...

What I meant to say is that if something is illegal or infringement or against the law, it is already outlawed. You do not need to outlaw something that is already outlawed.

Of course the term "illegal downloading" is already being used by copyright maximalists to describe all forms of downloading they would like to see outlawed, whether it already is or not, so I figured you might have accidentally co-opted their language.

21/7/05 12:37  

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