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YouTube bypasses Korean law by 'blocking' uploads and comments

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 13 Apr 2009 17:05 User comments (3)

YouTube bypasses Korean law by 'blocking' uploads and comments Google Inc.'s YouTube service has technically complied with the new Cyber Defamation Law in South Korea, by taking actions which seem to purposely be ineffective. The Cyber Defamation Law requires that all users who upload videos on a site that gets more than 100,000 visitors a day, provide their real name and national ID card number.
YouTube decided that instead of creating a new submission and registration system that would cater to the Korean government, it would simply block all uploads and comments from users in South Korea. Of course, if a user in South Korea simply changed their preference setting to a country other than South Korea, uploading and commenting won't be a problem.

"We have a bias in favor of freedom of expression and are committed to openness," said Lucinda Barlow, a spokeswoman for YouTube in Asia. "It's very important that if users want to be anonymous that they have that chance." The decision was taken after close consultation and debate between Google Korea and its headquarters.

The Cyber Defamation Law is a government response to the suicide of Choi Jin Sil, a popular actress, in October. The case brought cyber-bullying to the limelight in a country that has a very high number of Internet users.

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113.4.2009 17:10

spam edited by ddp

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 13 Apr 2009 @ 22:13

214.4.2009 4:41

They don't care about free speach, if they did, they would not have removed the videos of the chinese military beating unarmed civilians in Tibet. They only care about money.

315.4.2009 0:42

"everything's fine guys, everybody just lie, alright?
change your preferences to a nation that's not yours.
just like you were forced to before in other wars."

YouTube imposes ideas on Korea
at the same time saying "don't post yours, either!"
that's some hypocritical political bull
and after 8 years of Bush I'm full

to hear me rap my full opinion, watch:

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