- KOFIC News
KOFIC to Monitor Illegal Online Distribution of Korean Films
Aug 21, 2018
- Writerby SONG Soon-jin
Aim at Stopping Pirated Korean Movies on Overseas Websites
Korean Film Council (KOFIC, Chairman OH Seok Geun) has once again stepped forward to curtail illegal online distribution of Korean movies. The organization will be targeting online illegal content overseas, including Korean language websites based overseas and foreign streaming sites, which proliferate because of Korean wave’s increasing number of fans abroad.
“We will start the monitoring of the illegal online distribution of Korean movies,” KOFIC said on August 9th. “Although the efforts of the government and copyright companies have weakened illegal distribution markets such as websites like Webhard, P2P or Torrents platforms in the past, the development of the Internet brought changes in film piracy behaviors that are seriously damaging the domestic content markets.”
KOFIC plans to monitor local pirated movies on Korean language websites based overseas including streaming sites, link sites, mobile applications and set-top boxes. This will help the council identify the channels and conditions of illegal online distribution as well as directly delete pirated Korean movie files. This monitoring project will be primarily focusing on a selection of independent art movies and recent movies. Copyright companies, studios, distributors or overseas sales agents can directly request for monitoring on a specific film.