It has been confirmed that a lot of standard Korean dramas corresponding to “The Glory” and “Reborn Rich” are nonetheless being streamed on unlawful Chinese web sites.
As of Feb 2nd, a complete of 1,671 Korean dramas are being shared on the Chinese streaming website Hanjuwang. In addition to Korea, dramas from China, the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand are additionally serviced by way of this website. Korea is second solely to China (over 5,000 dramas).
Hanjuwang is a website that has been illegally streaming Korean dramas and leisure contents with subtitles for about 10 years. Copyright points have been raised a number of instances, however every time, they proceed to have interaction in unlawful actions by tips, corresponding to altering the positioning tackle.
JTBC’s “Reborn Rich” and Netflix’s “The Glory“, which were previously problematic due to illegal distribution, are still being streamed on this site. You can watch the entire series through this site even if you do not subscribe to TVING and Netflix. When you click “Play Drama”, a pop-up seems, and commercial texts move as subtitles on the play display. They are making a living from ads by way of illegally distributed contents.
Not solely well-known K-dramas aired a very long time in the past, however latest dramas corresponding to “Vengeance of the Bride”, “Witch’s Game”, “The Love in Your Eyes”, “Crash Course in Romance”, “Payback”, “Kokdu: Season of Deity”, “Brain Works”, “Trolley”, “Three Bold Siblings”, “Agency”, “Understanding of Love”, “Poong, the Joseon Psychiatrist”, “Strangers Again”, “Red Balloon”, and many others. Most of those dramas are being broadcast with Chinese subtitles after the unique broadcast in Korea. Exclusive OTT dramas corresponding to Coupang Play’s “Bait”, Watcha’s “The New Employee”, TVING’s “Island” and “Work Later, Drink Now 2” can all be watched on this website. Real-time K-drama streaming rankings are additionally displayed.
An even bigger downside is that each one of those contents could be accessed with out issue even in Korea. In different phrases, OTT platforms corresponding to Netflix, Watcha, Wavve, and TVING, which might solely be seen by paying a subscription price, could be seen totally free in Korea utilizing unlawful Chinese websites.
Previously in January, the manufacturing firm of “Reborn Rich” instantly deleted illegally uploaded movies of the drama on Chinese OTT platform iQiyi. In addition, they emphasised that there is no such thing as a official means to observe the sequence in China.
On February 2nd, an official from the manufacturing firm advised TV Report that they had been “constantly monitoring and sharing the situation” relating to unlawful distribution.
Netflix, which is behind “The Glory”, additionally advised TV Report, “It is very unfortunate for us, who believe that good works can be continuously created in an environment where creators pay fair value to their efforts.” At the identical time, the OTT platform believes that it might cut back the issue of unlawful downloads by offering a service that enables members around the globe, together with Korea, to get pleasure from content material on the similar time every single day.
“In fact, in regions where our service has been available for a relatively long time, illegal downloads have significantly decreased. We are working with various monitoring agencies around the world to eradicate illegal distribution,” Netflix expressed.
In 2019, when the film “The Wandering Earth” was illegally distributed on-line in China, the authorities responded rapidly. However, this was solely potential as a result of the movie was a home content material supported by the Chinese authorities.
Many officers agree that it is going to be tough to eradicate the unlawful distribution of Korean content material in China, until Chinese authorities start to take lively actions. Since the beginning of the Hallyu Ban in 2017, there is no such thing as a option to legally view Korean content material in China, and unlawful distribution has grow to be extra prevalent than earlier than.