South Koreans Are World’s No.2 Music Pirates, Or Are They?

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In 2009 South Korea introduced new legislation against online copyright infringement. Penalties were particularly harsh and included disconnection from the Internet. As digital sales skyrocket by more than 50% but logged infringements sharply increase, a report controversially places South Koreans as the world’s number 2 music pirates.

South Korea was included in the International Intellectual Property Alliance’s priority piracy watchlist in 2009. It’s members, including the RIAA and MPAA, had been asking for tough action and in the middle of the year, that came to pass.

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