This week, DramaFever did something they are probably deeply regretting right now. The short version: DramaFever "mistakenly" sent DramaBeans a DMCA notice to take down L7CS screencaps (yes, you read correctly) - oh, sorry, "third parties" did, not DramaFever, no no, they would never do that to their friends! I you need more details read this - this - and this. Oh, and don't forget this: the "apology", with a long list of awesome comments. To say people are angry would be an understatement.Part I) but about the rotten greed of a company trying to monopolize KDrama watching. A company that seems to confuse the protection of licensed content that is 'theirs' (though that label is a far stretch already, let's be honest) with a coercive business strategy that seems geared solely towards making sure people all over the world can only watch KDrama on their site in the future.
|As long as I can watch him, I don't care. lol|
The rage that Dramafever's latest DMCA bullying unleashed in the Dramabeans community fills me with a similar feeling. This is the community I have come to love. And it is awesome. We meet on certain blogs (mainly Dramabeans, especially on the Open Threads on Fridays) or on Twitter, we talk about KDrama and life in general, and many members of this community do something for the greater good of this community; be it blogging, be it doing various subbing tasks, be it providing links to subs and torrents. Or be it just being there, discussing things with others, being awesome. This community is about enjoying and appreciating something "Made in Korea": Korean Dramas and KPop and anything else related to Korea (like food).
|and about him|
The good thing: They might make it more difficult for us to watch where and what we want, but they will not be able to dominate KDrama the way they with to. The bad thing: This company will try and will most likely continue to bully everybody else in this market. Including the very pillars of this community (i.e. the subbers). It is quite possible that there are some rough waters ahead for many KDrama lovers - it will be harder to find torrents, it will be harder to get the subs.
Nonetheless, I have come to the conclusion that I am really grateful to Dramafever.
It's because they managed to turn my disgusted sadness (see Part I) into anger. Hot-red flaring rage, in fact, and anger or rage is so much better than dull depressed sadness. Anger is creative, anger burns, and anger transforms. I am confident that this community will not let itself be bullied. Hwaiting!