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Gov’t Mulls Imposing Tax on YouTube

Gov’t Mulls Imposing Tax on YouTube

SEOUL, Aug. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The government has begun full-fledged discussions on levying taxes and funds for online video services, a so-called “YouTube tax.” The Ministry of Science and ICT recently asked the Korea Legislation Research Institute, a government-funded research institute, to carry out research projects on overseas trends of digital taxes, including YouTube [...]

Schools to Provide Space for Students to Create YouTube Content and Webtoons

Schools to Provide Space for Students to Create YouTube Content and Webtoons

SEOUL, Jul. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Schools will implement a plan that allocates a space for students to create and display their YouTube content or webtoons. The Ministry of Education on Sunday announced a plan to internalize school media education and strengthen related education support for aspiring content creators such as YouTubers and Webtoon writers. [...]

High School Broadcasts End-of-Semester Ceremony on YouTube

High School Broadcasts End-of-Semester Ceremony on YouTube

SEOUL, Jul. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — Yeongdong High School in Yeongcheon, North Gyeongsang Province, a school with just 440 students, held its end-of-semester ceremony not at school, but on YouTube, sparking a public sensation. As of last Friday, this live streaming video of the end-of-semester ceremony on YouTube had been retweeted more than 8,500 times [...]

Education Ministry Encourages Teachers to Open YouTube Accounts

Education Ministry Encourages Teachers to Open YouTube Accounts

SEJONG, Jul. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Education has decided to encourage teachers to have a second career as YouTubers. However, the government will require teachers to get authorization when their YouTube channel creates revenue with advertising. Furthermore, all channels that defame or damage the dignity or image of a teacher will be [...]

S. Koreans in Their 50s and Older Spend Most Time on YouTube: Data

S. Koreans in Their 50s and Older Spend Most Time on YouTube: Data

SEOUL, May 14 (Korea Bizwire) — South Koreans in their 50s and older are the fastest-growing segment of YouTube users, having spent the most time on the video-sharing website of all age brackets, industry data showed Tuesday. People aged 50 or older spent a combined 10.1 billion minutes watching YouTube in April, compared with 5.1 [...]

Park Mak-rye Meets YouTube CEO

Park Mak-rye Meets YouTube CEO

SEOUL, Apr. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Park Mak-rye, the ‘Korea Grandma’ behind one of the county’s most popular YouTube channels, showed off her presence as she even met with YouTube’s CEO. KPR & Associates, a public relations firm representing YouTube, reported on Monday that it had released the contents of Park’s meeting with YouTube CEO [...]

YouTube Creators Filming Homeless People a Clear Violation of Portrait Rights

YouTube Creators Filming Homeless People a Clear Violation of Portrait Rights

SEOUL, Mar. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government warned online content producers who film homeless individuals to refrain from any further similar activities on Tuesday, citing a possible violation of portrait rights. City authorities announced that if videos are filmed and distributed without the consent of the participants, the content creators could be [...]

Rise of OTT Players Spurs Media M&As in S. Korea

Rise of OTT Players Spurs Media M&As in S. Korea

SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — If the rise of global content streaming services like YouTube and Netflix have taught any lessons to those in the Korean media industry, one thing is for sure: You have to become big to survive. An explosive growth in demand for over-the-top (OTT) content in the world’s most-connected country [...]

Politicians Vie for YouTube Supremacy

Politicians Vie for YouTube Supremacy

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean politicians are increasingly turning to YouTube to appeal to their constituents. Politicians reportedly check the number of YouTube followers of their competitors every day, holding study sessions with aides on YouTube broadcasting. ‘Oreunsori’, the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP)’s official YouTube channel, kicked off the YouTube [...]