Illegal music downloading in South Korea
South Korea is one of the top countries of online music piracy. Have downloaded music from the internet without payment? If I ask this question most of South Korean people would answer "yes". The illegal circulation of cultural contents as the music in Korea has slumped the music sales rate in a massive quantity. Nowadays, this illegal use of contents has become something common in our lives. So that, there are many reasons of why people download music illegally, some of the reasons are; the weak punishment to piracy law, also the access of high speed internet connection and the fast change of music trends.
The punishment to piracy law has harsh with the three strike law which consists on giving the power to the Korean ministry to delete illegal reproductions, notify the copyright infringers, and suspend their online access. The results says that this law had effect on decreasing the illegal traffic of music but actually the decrease was minimum because the punishment is very weak; the highest punishment that they can receive is 6 months of suspension of the online access. And these punished people switch to unmonitored services, which mean that the government can't be able to catch them because they will not find any evidence in these unmonitored services. So that, on my opinion this three strikes law has failed to curb piracy.
Secondly, the Koreans access to high speed internet connection increases the Illegal circulation of cultural content. In which, the home entertainment marketplace occupies a big part on the Korean culture, that allows to piracy and this was enabled by the high speed internet. Because of the high internet penetration, South Korea is known to have one of the highest rates of online piracy with respect to digital media such as music. The Korean government took actions for this, but the rapid IT growth opened more doors to the online piracy which made difficult to control it. So this extension of the broadband Internet, brings unexpected problems, such as the copyright infringement or violation of privacy so the government should make changes to the technological development, such as the supporting the regulation.
Also South Korea as on other countries has a fast change in music trends that allows to piracy. This fast change of music trends made a harsh competition in Korean music to survive so the music trends changes even faster. And because of the rapid changes nowadays people don't find the necessity to pay for the music and keep it permanently. Also it is much easier to hear music from a cellphone rather listening it from a CD, so many people prefer to download music rather than buying a CD. Therefore, today's people are very open to the fast change as on the music or on the culture, so there should be some rules to prevent the problems that comes from the rapid changes.
Finally, I mentioned some of the reasons of the illegal download of music such as the weak punishment, the Koreans access to high speed connection and also the fast change of the culture as the music. And this problem is several but I found that it is very difficult to control from the government, so we are who have to control ourselves on not to downloading music illegally.