The British Economist magazine has filed a lawsuit against DYB Choisun Language Institute – a major South Korean language school – over the school’s unauthorized use of its articles. Apparently the school pulled together over 50 articles from the Economist, bound and published them, and then sold them the school’s top level students.
A member of the school staff told a local newspaper that the accusations were true but that many schools in Korea did this. They also claimed they tried to settle out of the court but negotiations came to nothing.
The institute which is based in Daechi-dong has almost a dozen branches in the capital Seoul and Gyeonggi Province with some 20,000 students on its books.
The Economist claims the school made huge profits on the back of its pirated materials between 2009 to 2011 earning some 160 billion won ($145 million) from the sales.
The lawsuit could well trigger a landslide of similar cases as practices like this are very common in Korea (as well as other countries).