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New Korean Laws

It's been recently brought to my attention from a fellow Bleach fan who's from South Korea, bu-nong, whom very unfortunately and sadly have to purge her entire beautiful gallery and plead to anyone who has her works anywhere else online to delete them for fear of facing the harsh new law which will jeopardize her career as a professional artist.

In an excerpt from this tumblr blog… :below:
The Korean government has recently passed a law that says, in it's most basic form, "Anyone found as a creator, seller, or buyer of materials containing adolescent pornography will be punished as a sexual offender."

Okay, well, that makes sense to stop the production of such things, they're no good after all, right?

This wouldn't be such a problem if the rules weren't as ambiguous as hell.

More specifically, the law states the following counts

:bulletred: Any appearances that could be seen as a teen/child
:bulletred: Any type of pornography from explicit sex to being semi-nude (think mini skirts or swimming suits)
:bulletred: Any media from illustrations, games, videos, films, etc.

Of course, it is purely up to the investigator to decide if the subject is an adolescent or not, or if the act is porn or not.

This means I could draw an 80-year-old man in just shorts, and be sent to jail if the investigator thinks the man looks like a teenager in a revealing outfit.

Jail?  Surely I am exaggerating? But no, it is the truth: people who are caught breaking this law can be either sent to prison for several years or fined a $20,000 equivalent, and they will lose their job in the entertainment industry.

Who's in danger?  Anyone who is a South Korean citizen, regardless of where they live.  Illustrators and animators in America can be removed with no consequence, and even small freelance artists and game developers can lose their jobs and have their projects revoked.

Personal privacy is no issue either; sending a picture to a friend via SMS can and will land you a place in jail if the material is considered adolescent porn.  Even worse, the government has set up a system where people can get paid for turning others in who violate this law.  One person had even linked 1700 personal websites, many of which were casual art blogs for Korean artists.

How can you help?  First, stop reblogging the works of Korean artists on Tumblr, and delete any posts if the original post has been deleted.  Even if the original post is gone, Tumblr will still link to the blog that posted it, revealing the creator. Second, spread the word.  Let people know that this new law has already caught hundreds of artists who's art is considered pornographic only by the police. Finally, respect those who have decided to delete their website or blog.  They have done it to ensure that no one can falsely turn them in or be unfairly thrown in prison.

This a ridiculous law, but it's been passed and has caused a huge issue in the South Korean online community.  Any media before September 2012 is safe, but after that the law is in place.  Please help South Korean artists to stay safe!


That said, if you have an artwork of Korean origin (Korean writings on the artwork may be a tell-tale sign for you if you do not know who drew it or the original source of the artwork, if you don't know what Korean characters look like, research it -google or wiki it) in your Photobucket, Tumblr, Facebook, Flickr, etc., that is more or less can be seen as a violation to these laws even if you don't personally think it does, because not everyone including the law enforces sees things the same way as you do, please remove them for the artists' sake.

I feel sorry for the Korean artists. Although I understand that the law is for a morally good reason (I do support the need to protect children and teens), but this seems a little too far as well as a bit too strict, and at the same time...... ugh, I don't know how to put this feeling into words... :iconohgodwhyplz:

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GaurdianDemon666 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Woah. 0.0 I mean, I'm totally for preventing child pornography and everything, but... jeez. What a corrupt way to deal with it. It's almost exactly how "communists" were treated in the 1950's in the US. 0.o Scary.
Purple-Rose-Ninja Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Thanks for telling us! I've reblogged it and hopefully word will get out.
xdeathbybananax Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you, for lack of a better term, cancel your citizenship to someplace? Or are you forever a citizen of said country? I'm not saying they should do it, but just wondering if they have the option. It has to be, right? Because then, legally, that country would have no place governing you.
Mumume Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
If you move to another country and gain citizenship in the country generally your previous citizenship becomes void. I'm not sure though, some countries have strict rules about letting people leave.

The only way that I know of for a person to have dual citizenship is for them to be born abroad while their parents are residing in another country for so many concecutive years.
Angel-of-Dawn Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Gotta agree with you about the law. Although they have a good reason to pass the law, it's also too harsh to punish artists. Heck, I also know that Avatar animation was created in Korea (I know, I know, it's America anime, but I think I heard the director's comment that the animation work came from Korea) and they have some scene where kids were in their swimsuits. That can ruin entertainment business, even when it didn't show any sign of "pornography."
Angelita255 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
my.. that's terrible.. i will share this
Hollowgirl136 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I can understand where this law is coming from but still what was the South Korean government thinking when they made and passed this law? As you stated yourself the law is quite ambiguous and since all pieces of art can be interpreted in a variety of ways just about any artist is at risk to being sent to jail or fined. What the heck were they thinking!?!
Czeslawa1021 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
is this in North or South Korea?
.... does North Korea even have access to the internet? (no offense intended to anyone from N. Korea if they do have internet)
blackstorm Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
South Korea.
Czeslawa1021 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
ooh okay.
that really stinks that she had to delete all of her work. If I was an artist I'd feel devastated to have to delete all of my work. :-/
SweetOctopiewriter Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ugh, such a dumb law.
JakRoberts Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
well, that, fucking, sucks......
to think we live in a world where people are braindead enough to pass a as ambiguous law like that, not like the western world would even consider some thing that aggressively encompassing (the underlying laws in SOPA anyone?) I need some littlebigplanet to cheer myself up......
MidoriArainai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Artist
I'm spreading the word through DA and Facebook. I mean really? I understand you want to protect your kids but this is too far.
Ask-Espada-Grimmjow Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
:c wow this makes me kinda surprised to no extent on why this happened
naraku0014 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
is it north or south if so FUCK THEM!!!!!!!(sorry im just shocked and disappointing)
stitchsmile Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
This saddens me.... I think that they take the law a little to hard and that they would look at the more specific cases. Sure, I support that we should protect the children and teens just as you said but I think that this law is over doing it and makes innocent artist pay a high price... .___.
rayrayloser11 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Writer
in the filipiens (i dont know how to spell that) a similar law was passed. that the artist cant upload sexual content on public sites. or something like that. i dont know for sure. its dumb either way! yea its great for protection but its not fair, what if the artist just did it for fun, signed it, was picked up by someone, and posted? not fair, and not nearly detailed as it could bee. its a very braod rule. they are gonna have major issues soon. its like a large scale action on whats happening on!
Akiyata Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WHAT?! Why the hell....? D:
Ok. It's not like they're photographs or anything....and real people are young and tend to wear too small of clothes (I don't exactly like people who do, but seriously?). This just isn't fair. And they don't even have to live in Korea anymore? That definitely doesn't make sense.....I hope they get rid of this law quick. I hope the artists can rage on their asses and riot until they get their artistic freedom back. -_-
Arisu-Ami-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Asagi-K-Kurosaki Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Writer
What kills me is that laws like this exist but when ACTUAL child molesters are accused/caught it's like pulling teeth to get anything done :iconotlplz: I'll help spread the word, I hope the law is improved so that the guidelines are more clear and aren't super vague like this where you really can't draw anything at all... :no:
Sabi13 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The government has disappointed me once again... but this time it wasn't the US government O.o
I feel bad for Korean artists. This pretty much destroys a lot of artists' galleries doesn't it? =( granted there are plenty of other forms of art that don't even involve people at all, but to those that it did, this is a real slap in the face. Or kick to the balls. Or punch in the boob. No matter what, it hurts. =(
Dickywebster Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
SO basically another attempt to crack a nut with a sledgehammer fired from a cannon?

Yeah stuff like this is done with good reasons, but this seems to go a little too far :S
SkyeLentNight Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is the weirdest law I have ever heard :stare: people should be free to draw whatever they want and be able to do it without ayone stealign from them, its their imagination!
RazzberryDame Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student General Artist
The need to protect kids is important obviously but this is taking things a bit far :s
Kami5885 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
wtf???? they can still be persecuted no matter where they LIVE? as long as they are a korean citizen? THAT makes NO BLOODY SENSE! I understand that the intent of the law is good but seriously..not only are the conditions AMBIGUOUS but seriously? Still trying to wrap my head around how someone who lives in Canada and is also a citizen of Korea can also be punished by this. Isn't South Korea overstepping their jurisdiction?
This is absolutely ridiculous!
Kuroiseki Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
I understand the need to protect children but COME ON! These are fictional characters, ffs! Go after the REAL perverts, who will now most likely attack actual people to indulge in their sick children porn fetish! Great going, Korea and anyone else who follows suit!
luneta-star Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I posted this onto tumblr to spread the word. I can't believe peoples lives are in danger because of this law D:<
Haineko14 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a bullshit law right there!
OMG fictional characterzzzz someone call the police! Really? I would understand of its real people but these drawings are of things that don't even exist!
LanokirX Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is more a step backwards then forward, sounds like going back to medevil times. Thought SOPA was bad, this is not much better either, just obscure. Punish all for the crime off very few, that will never end up good.
Kelral-Orlyana Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That sucks! How can they be so closed minded? I'm going to go have a good look in my gallery and remove any art made by Korean artists. It will be a great shame though, to delete such great work...
annamae2243 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
While I understand where they're coming from with this, I think it's a bit too harsh... :/
MetalPorSiempre Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's really closed minded way of thinking... i wouldn't be surprised if this is part of the new campaign to restrain freedom on the net
xXMusicoftheHeartXx Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
I'm personally from South Korea who moved to America. I do support the need to protect children and teens however there are a few exceptions. If you were working as a professional art student and you were assigned to draw nude figures from infant to adult 68 or older, would you call them a sex offender? I personally think it’s not fair for many artists to suffer because of someone’s sick fantasy lead to.

Korea has always been so uptight in everything and have a tendency to deem a lot of things we think in the norm are bad. Either way, Sex Offenders will exist with or without the internet, if they can't get it online, they will most likely attack a target either way. They really should focus on some of their money to either rehabilitate them or guard them better.
Grinningsunknown Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ugh....that is just dumb...glad i am not korean...not like i draw kids but my characters like mamaki are child like in personality and cute..but he is 25
LeoNeal-CP Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow...that's really strict. I can understand why but at the same time I think it's a bit too strict...=\
blackstorm Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
*shudders* Yeah, those were my thoughts too =\
Lionsong Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:/ Reblogged on my tumblr sites and on my journal. The law itself is not a bad idea, but the wording (or lack of wording) can lead to a whole bunch of trouble for Korean artists for rather innocuous pictures. I wonder what this will do to the anime/manga industry since a good amount of it is processed/ printed in Korea. (though I just read you saying Japan has similar laws being passed and a dang shiver ran down my soul) :faint:
blackstorm Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Yeah, I wonder if the Korean government are purposely being vague/ambiguous about the law :|
(^^; Er, it wasn't me who said that, it was an old acquaintance of mine ~GlauG, he dropped a comment on this journal post pointing that info out, at first I was shocked and didn't know about it but then I vaguely recalled reading about it somewhere, and how the law upsetting some mangakas even amateur doujinshi artist, but that felt like so long ago and I hadn't heard much from it since so I kind of assumed it wasn't put to fruition or something presumably due to the uproar it caused, until now...dear lord...what is the world coming to? *is reeling*)
Lionsong Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most likely, argh I hate this internet law bullshit that has coming up in the last few years. (I know, saw that part of the comment too I was just saying I saw you write it, though I could have been more explicit and said saw you write what GlauG wrote. Sorry :XD:) I fear what would happen if such a law became highly enforced, heck almost every anime has a bathhouse/hottub scene even Fruitsbasket.
May-Lene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A study showed that removing all pornography/porn online makes the molesters more likely to attack people. :/ So don't know how healthy this is... Drawing should be a right just like words, I feel real bad for the Korean artists.
blackstorm Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
*nods in agreement* Yeah, I've heard about that kind of study too and how it also seems to have an affect on crime ratings :hmm:
BoogermeisterNeema Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I understand the fact the law is to act against child pornography, but let's be honest here. Sometimes when it's with teenagers, some people look the other way mostly because of the fact that they're borderline adults.

Maybe it had to do with me living in a place where teenage sex and pregnancy is practically the norm, but I don't know.... But that sucks though over at Korea. I find it hard to believe that drawn pictures and fan arts could get you in so much trouble. In comparison to that, out here even a teen could be registered a sex offender if they send out nude photos of themselves.

Man, it pretty sucks for those artists, now they might have to find something else to do....
TwiRin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, so then any manga or new anime being produced is going to be scrutinized under a microscope by the law over there and then might not even come into existance because there is always that one character with barely any clothing. I guess it's safe to say that maybe sex offenders were getting their hands on this media first before the real thing? I mean-- you can pretty much find anything, so maybe they used it as a loophole?

I feel bad for the artist community out there however, I mean- no one should ever have no rights to drawing what they want but someone must have ruined it for them. Hopefully everyone stays strong over there..
Sour-Shock Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student General Artist
If you look at the credits of almost every cartoon and anime out there, most of the animators are Korean and the animating is done in Korea. A lot of anime nowadays features lots of suggestive themes like nudity of adolescents and children. So if they aren't allowed to draw anything with a lot of revealing skin or anything pornographic, does that mean the Japanese have to do the in-betweening and Americans actually have to do all of the animating now?

It is kind of a good thing for Americans to start doing all of the animating since they don't get the chance to do much of it, but still....
theshowwatcher Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Have you ever read nineteen eighty-four? I feel like the world is heading in the same direction as in that book but maybe not as dramatic.
thiefofblood Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Yet another place that instead of going after actual criminals and those who are taking advantage of real children, they're going to do this.

Yup. That's certainly going to help things =\
PhoenixHatake Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
*sighs* What is the world coming to? Focusing more on fictional characters than the real ones is such a stupid move. If they were real, I'd see a point, but to go after fictional characters? Seriously? Going after people's FANART is not going to help stop the real stuff, the photographs people take for that specific reason. They should be going after those people, not beloved fanart. I swear...this is one of the most ridiculous laws I've ever heard of. It's crossed way over the line, and I'd hate to think of the innocent people going to jail because of's just not right.
ZeroPegasi Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunetly this is gonna happen all over. Recently the Dutch debated on allowing peadofiles the access to "virtual" porn, I belive this was discussed and rejected.
The trouble is it can holy depend on the countries own rules and what they consider an adult. The UK you could get away with it as long as they are 18 and over (beacuse thats the age of adulthood), however in the US your still conisdered a minor even at 18 and an adult at 20/21.

While I feel sorry for them for having their artistic mind being subdued but theres not much we can do.
Hope she is ok and can find someway around this.
Darix-Dragon Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Bloody fel this is turning out into a witch hunt. What if Japan would up such laws?
blackstorm Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Well, ~GlauG had pointed out in the comments that "Japan's had regional laws of a similar nature passed fairly recently too, due to the (now former) Tokyo Governor passing them in Tokyo and other prefectures following suit, which has affected the kind of Doujinshi some people are willing to produce and sell." :hmm: Gosh, I don't know what to think...
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