Piracy

Go full size for the full effect of the DVD "store".

So Saturday my friend and I went to the grocery store, that’s not so unremarkable.

As I walked up to the E-Mart, I saw this guy selling DVDs.  The first table had nothing remarkable.  The second table made me point something out to my friend.

2012.  You know the movie that’s still in theaters.   And you can buy it on dvd here for a few thousand won, which works out to a couple of bucks.

It’s basically just a conveniance charge for them printing it to a DVD for you.

Not only that, when I went to the electronics market a week ago there was a copy of Left 4 Dead 2 there for sale a week before it was even out.

It’s kind of stunning to me how  brazen the operation is.  table after table of small businesses built just on theft.  I’m not writing this just to talk about how terrible these people are but no matter what you’ve heard it kind of takes seeing it to really get just how pervasive piracy is in Asia.

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About Andrew Martin
Hello, I'm a 31 year old educator. I've spent a few years abroad before coming back to the states this year. I'm a man of many interests, and I use seoulbound as my place for talking about them.

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