First they came for the P2P operators. Then they went after the Webhards. Now they are going after the torrents:
Police are investigating more than 50 file-sharing enthusiasts as part of a crackdown against online piracy, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Thursday.
Authorities so far have booked 12 operators of some of the country’s largest peer-to-peer file sharing websites and 41 of their biggest customers, who have each uploaded more than 1,000 ”seed’’ files to these websites in the five months through May.
They also raided the offices of 26 hosting companies, looking for servers connected to copyright infringement as they clamp down harder on the unlawful movement of movies, music and games. This is the nation’s first strike targeted at ”torrenting.’’
The Korea Herald takes a look at Korea’s long war against copyright infringement.
One of the folk who was arrested was a 15-year-old kid who opened his own Torrent site.
Seeing how the government hasn’t moved to block sites like Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents, it seems to me they are primarily concerned—at least for now—with blocking copyright infringements of Korean content.