7:21 pm - 07/03/2012

Censorship strikes again! Korean music videos required to be pre-reviewed

New Regulation That Might Shake Up K-Pop World: Music Videos Require Review Before Online Releases

News broke out about new regulations set by the Korea Media Rating Board (Hereafter, KMRB) that has the potential to shake up the K-Pop world.

Basically, in the past if a music video was too explicit or racy and did not get any airtime on a broadcast channel, the music video could still be put up on YouTube and be used for marketing and promotional purposes.

However, beginning on August 18 all of that is about to change.

In the past, if a music video was posted online without receiving any kind of money, it was excluded from being reviewed by the KMRB. However, from August 18 the music video must receive an “OK” from the KMRB in order to be posted online.

The clip will now require to be labeled with “For the general public,” “For people over 12 and 15 years old,” “Not Suitable for Teenagers,” and “Restricted Viewing.” (Videos that were already reviewed by a broadcasting company will not be under this new regulation.)

Currently, there are no specific guidelines as to what websites will be covered by this new regulation. (Will it include teasers, YouTube clips, Google Video, and etc.)

It looks as though entertainment agencies will have a headache with regards to marketing and promotions. Although it might not be as problematic for non-Korean websites but the problem with most Korean websites is the fact that to watch material that is meant for adults aged 19 and over, you are required to type in your registration number. (In South Korea, everyone has a registration number and this is required to sign up for websites and also access certain material.)

Source: Soompi

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kaesshi 3rd-Jul-2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
This is overstepping it a bit... I can't imagine any government requiring youtube videos be screened before upload... It's a personal channel, and they can upload whatever they want to it!

Also, where would they draw the line between a music video made by a big company like SM, a more independent/lesser known one, and an amateur-made mv for a high school project? Is this limited to MVs made and uploaded in Korea? Then what if it's produced in another country hand happens to "feature" the artist? Well my point is, do they even have time to screen everything?
okdubu 3rd-Jul-2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
well this sounds poopy

annhh 3rd-Jul-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
+111 kame

...are you on tumblr
crazyxcami 3rd-Jul-2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
I highly doubt they'll cover youtube worldwide...

they could however block the unapproved vids and not let it be shown to Korea while the whole world can...?

this "OK" kind of thing would only work for GOMTV,Naver and the likes tbh.
xxmannequin 3rd-Jul-2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
That's going too far. Youtube videos are not allowed only in Korea you now?
benihime99 3rd-Jul-2012 06:53 pm (UTC)

(Will it include teasers, YouTube clips, Google Video, and etc.)

Google video... I see you journalist not doing your research
the_erotomanic 3rd-Jul-2012 07:03 pm (UTC)

this probably has something to do with that manual thing for how to promote hallyu.

purring_feline 3rd-Jul-2012 07:14 pm (UTC)

Seriously now...?
chunsakuma 4th-Jul-2012 03:24 am (UTC)
LMAO the cuts in this GIF. Amazing~
annhh 3rd-Jul-2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
wow over-react much, korea? well this is seriously affecting korean public. I hope they fight back because from what I read, this is going too far. and the age restriction in media should be a guideline more than "law"
cc9095 3rd-Jul-2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
title or description

In other words, if you want your MV to be aired you have to sing about rainbows and unicorn with background filled with flowers? Well that's boring and not going to sell.

I also wonder if MV directors will get read of super short shorts and skirts and lyrics like "you are inside me/ you came in so deep" LOL

Edited at 2012-07-03 07:55 pm (UTC)
aleexnews 3rd-Jul-2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
no more solos for hyuna i guess
xiahjunsubias 3rd-Jul-2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
When they saw that Junsu didn't give a flying eff and did his MV however he wanted (afterall, he was going to be banned, anyway), they came up with this? Anyway, just guessing. This move is such a bad idea.
cc9095 3rd-Jul-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
I also think the same XD

Although there are MV that I think should be banned, just because they are soooo tasteless lol
palebluedot09 3rd-Jul-2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
This is a bit over-reaching Korea. No one is going to think you are pure and innocent even if you ban all the "racy" videos.
yasmine2009 3rd-Jul-2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
This is a hot ass mess. Blocking MVs uploaded on the internet? Wow.
cagallisakura 3rd-Jul-2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
I feel like this is less about actually protecting minors and more about trying to stop the hallyu wave. Someone wants all their oppars and unnies to themselves.

hyuna's solo career is screwed.
charisma2 3rd-Jul-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
LOL about Hyuna
tha_x 3rd-Jul-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
this sucks
fuck you
gashinenai 3rd-Jul-2012 09:59 pm (UTC)

entertainment agencies have many other problems which should be solved first, and this is a priority?
and what about music videos done by schools for projects? will they have to be checked and rated as well?
but most of all... why am I even surprised?
therabbitmancer 3rd-Jul-2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
This is a really stupid, very bad, extremely invasive mistake.
laeryn 3rd-Jul-2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
Basically, this.
atelierlune 3rd-Jul-2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
When music videos are outlawed, only outlaws will make music videos.

On a more serious tip, though, this is a completely screwed up idea that's bound to fail and alienate the people that it's intended to "protect".
julietislimited 3rd-Jul-2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
what a flop idea

but that gif mmmm.
iksagor 4th-Jul-2012 12:03 am (UTC)
Takes away creative expression. They should at least be allowed that. They don't like certain aspects to stuff, so instead of not surrounding them with that stuff, they want to ban it all together? LOL. So ridiculous.
falling_empress 4th-Jul-2012 12:34 am (UTC)
Wow, maybe they'll stop letting women get beat up and shot in music videos. Oh wait, probably not because that's apparently okay--just don't talk about nightclubs and dancing!
lysblack 4th-Jul-2012 12:56 am (UTC)
this is fucking ridiculous!
anconeous 4th-Jul-2012 01:25 am (UTC)
chunsakuma 4th-Jul-2012 03:26 am (UTC)
ia, Krisus~
yalingster 4th-Jul-2012 02:14 am (UTC)

time to bow to this flawless country south korea is trying to emulate
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