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The Nuri Cops took away your Redtube

Perhaps the most horrifying lede I’ve ever read in a Korea-related story:

Moon Tae-Hwa stares at his computer, dizzy and nauseous from the hours of porn he’s viewed online while his wife and children slept. He feels no shame – only a righteous sense of mission.

“I feel like I’m cleaning up dirty things,” the devout Christian and family counselor said.

I pause to let that sink in.

Moon is among the most successful members of the “Nuri Cops” (roughly “net cops”), a squad of nearly 800 volunteers who help government censors by patrolling the Internet for pornography in their spare time.

Unlike most developed nations, pornography is illegal in South Korea, though it remains easy for its tech-savvy population to find. More than 90 percent of South Korea’s homes have high-speed Internet access, and more than 30 million of its 50 million people own smartphones.

“It’s like shoveling snow in a blizzard,” Moon conceded.

Is any commentary really necessary here?

Read the rest on your own… if you dare.

Seoul’s war on porn a boon to “ero” importers, producers

According to Money Today, the authorities’ crack down on child porn—which is really a crack down on all illegal porn—is leading to a rejuvenation of the legal “ero film” industry.

Well thank God for that.

Like ‘dem jugs, Rep. Han?

In Twitterland, somebody has posted old photographs of Saenuri Party lawmaker Han Sun-kyu enjoying some racy photographs with his fellow lawmakers at the National Assembly.

Your tax money at work, folks.

Now, what makes this funny is Han recently sponsored legislation to amend the nation’s communication laws to make it mandatory for smart phones and tablets to come equipped with ways to protect minors from porn. Indeed, smartphone porn has been a concern of Han’s for some time:

“The Korea Communication Standards Commission (KOCSC) has recently decided to tighten applications on App Store and other online open application markets, believing there is too much sex-related material. But it is not certain that the commission will be able to apply local regulations to foreign companies,” the lawmaker said.

Han said rules have become toothless as applications slip through censors and smartphone users gain access to globally-consistent online content platforms. “In order to force foreign companies to properly screen sexually-suggestive materials, there should be an international regulatory regime controlling the open online application markets.”

Jeez, as if it weren’t bad enough that the government now blocks sites like Youporn. Or so my friends tell me.

Lots of smart phone traffic goes to overseas porn sites: report

Telecom companies are busy trying to come up with measures as a growing number of smart phone users are using their smart phones to — sit down for this, and take your pills if you need them — visit overseas adult sites and watch porn.

Or so reports the Digital Times.

An SK Telecom official said Sunday that a skyrocketing amount of wireless data traffic was going to overseas adult sites.

Telecom officials say the trend is increasing over time.

Among the sites getting lots of traffic are “xv○○○○○.com” and “sp○○○○○○○.com” (honestly, I have no idea which sites these are), which are located overseas. These sites provide not only photographs, but videos, too! On the Interweb, you can find a lot of posts recommending these sites as places where one can see “foreign porn videos.” One can also find on these overseas adult sites videos that were once quite popular in Korea but are now banned.

A particular problem is that since these sites often do not have age verification procedures, a quickly growing number of minors are using them.

These sites might harm a healthy wireless Internet environment, but there’s no way to control them: it’s realistically impossible for the authorities to level either administrative or criminal sanctions on overseas sites. In the old days, when telecom companies provided wireless Internet service through wireless portals only, it was easy to limit distribution of lewd material.

Now, however, with the wireless Internet open thanks to the distribution of smart phones, one can freely access content through the Web even without prior consent from mobile telecom companies. It is in this environment that connections to lewd video sites are greatly increasing. The Korea Communications Standards Commission is considering a plan that would apply programs like Green i-net that block illegal porn sites to smart phones, too, in order to stop minors from accessing harmful sites.

To do this would require amending several laws. One GNP lawmaker crafted a bill that would do this in June, but it hasn’t even been tabled yet.

An official from a telecom firm said experts predicted this problem would happen, and that there could also be a problem with exploding data traffic as porn can be addictive.

Naked News Korea, Hanbok and Japanese Porn?

The Sports Khan reported yesterday that one of the anchors of short-lived Naked News Korea has done a “hanbok porn film”… or at least that’s how it’s being introduced on a well-known Japanese adult video site.

News stories like this, children, are why I wake up in the morning.

The former Naked News anchor graces the cover adorned in a hanbok, with “Korean Style” written in Korean (and English, for that matter) under the Japanese video title.

Apparently, a former “porno jockey” appears in the film, too.

A Korean associated with the film said it was shot in Korea according to Korean rating standards, so its release in the Japanese AV market with the expression “hanbok porno” wasn’t correct. As you know, filming actual sex — or showing really naughty bits — is illegal in Korea. Come to think of it, filming sex outside of Korea is illegal, too… as the porno jockeys can tell you (see also here).

Speaking with the Sports Hanguk, the former Naked News anchor — who, shockingly, has appeared in a couple of Korean adult videos — explained that in Korea, filming real sex acts is illegal (see above), and the sex acts performed with the Japanese man in the video were just simulated. Well, thank heaven for that.

Basically, she said, the film differs little from domestically distributed ero films. Oh, and about 11 women (besides herself) appear in the video. As for why she wore the hanbok, she said she did so because she was asked. Since they shot the photos first, she thought they would use them in a photo series. Now, however, she doesn’t know what to do, and is wondering whether she has to sue the Japanese company.

US, Japanese Porn Companies Sue Korean Netizens

About 50 US and Japanese adult film companies have filed complaints with the Korean police against thousands of Korean netizens for violating copyrights.

No!!!!!!!

The firms allege that Korean netizens have been illegally uploading the fruits of their labor on to so-called “webhards” and P2P sites and charging members for downloads.

Illegally uploading porn and charging for downloads? That’s just wrong!

The firms claim that while the netizens have been making up to 20—30 million won a month (!) from their nefarious activities, the production companies themselves have witnessed an 80% drop in sales.

Lawyers say they’ve included on their complaints about 10,000 IDs they accuse of regularly uploading videos, and are considering issuing further complaints regarding the roughly 100,000 illegal downloads they’ve managed to discover so far.

The companies plan to drop their complaints against IDs that belong to minors, however, as long as the kids apologize.

Damn You, YouPorn! Damn You to Hell!

This ties in very nicely with a recent piece in the LA Times that reports that free online content at sites like Pornhub, YouPorn and Redtube are killing California’s porn industry:

The adult entertainment business, centered in the San Fernando Valley, has weathered several recessions since it took off with the advent of home video in the 1980s. But this time the industry is not dealing with just a weakened economy. A growing abundance of free content on the Internet is undercutting consumers’ willingness to pay for porn, and with it the ability of many workers to earn a living in the business.

For Stern, 23, the rapid decline of job opportunities in the porn business over the last year has been dramatic. She has gone from working four or five days a week to one and now has employers pressuring her to do male-female sex scenes for $700, a 30% discount from the $1,000 fee that used to be the industry standard.

Less than two years ago, Stern earned close to $150,000 annually, sometimes turned down work and drove a Mercedes-Benz CLK 350. Now she’s aggressively reaching out for jobs and making closer to $50,000 a year.

As for that Mercedes? She’s replacing it with a used Chevy Trailblazer — from her parents.

Shit, somebody call Bob Geldof!

Before we damn the free online content providers, however, keep in mind that sites like Youporn produce wholesome, ethical porn:

This is why I like youporn. I think it’s a good role model for the sexually naive. Most porn is junk sex, made on an industrial scale, in porn factories. What I think we all need is ethical, homemade, organic porn. Real porn. Slow porn. The kind of porn Jamie Oliver would make a programme about.

Porn that Jamie Oliver would make a programme about. Consider that.

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