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Please help Korean artist to stay safe

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:40 PM
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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. :-/
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