|The Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Korea has said that intended changes in the law will ban online gambling in Internet cafes. The revised laws look set to be introduced to the National Assembly and are likely to be passed by September.|
At the moment regulations are enforced on the producers and sellers of online games. However the widespread use of Internet cafes for online gambling has been brought to the Ministry’s attention. Under the proposed new law any distributors, such as Internet cafes and PC rooms, are to be regulated as well.
In order to enforce the regulations the Ministry has suggested the return of the registration cancellation system. Currently it seems businesses that defy the regulations are simply closing down once they have been suspended – only to re-open on the same location under a different name. The return of the registration cancellation system will see the suspension period carried over from the original business to the subsequent one.
A further and significant proposal made by the Ministry is to see a change in the import of copyright goods. If the amendments are approved all importers will have to verify their copyrights and apply for content classification before their goods may be imported. This is hoped to quell the substantial increase in the amount of illegal gambling games in circulation.