Although last year was a successful year for the girls as they brought in the most profits for SM Entertainment and came on top for almost everything including music charts, best artist of the year, the girl group blessed with the most awards, and most wanted product endorsers, ironically, SNSD also came in No.1 for artistes who incurred the highest losses due to piracy in 2010 according to an investigation.
On January 14th, Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry of Korea and the Copyright Protection Center of Korea Copyright Association have released the analysis of statistics for media piracy in 2010.
According to the webboard chart for music category, SNSD topped the list with 35,354 points, followed by 2NE1
with 23,612 points in 2nd place. Lee Seunggi came in 3rd with 23,435 points.
The investigation was carried out to find out the extend of film and drama piracy as well.
Even though it seems logical why the girls would the No. 1 victim of music piracy in 2010 with their rapidly growing popularity and the release of multiple hit songs last year, it’s bitter to hear that they came in No. 1 for artistes who incurred the highest losses because of piracy.
As SONES, we have to all agree that it is important to support and…..feed our girls,
whether it is by buying their albums and singles or merchandise!
Source: Fanwonder * + clubcity.kr + Yoongislove@Twitter + Nightspells & bboydrew711 @ Youtube
Edited by: ferrerorocher9@SNSDKorean.com
agreed i was shocked when i found out support the girls the right way don’t by pirated stuff lol my spelling!
I seriously doubt they have to be fed.
It’s like making 10 million dollars instead of 11. Still super bling-bling rich.
they dont really make that much money. All their albums, concerts, etc. they only get TINY TINY portion, SM takes most of it + they have to split it 9 ways.
I agree, I don’t think they make that much money from the music sales. If anything it would be all the CFs they do. SNSD is a name you want associated with your product so I’m sure many companies are willing to pay a lot for that. Just look what has happened with Intel.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. Even Lady Gaga makes money on the side by using product placement in her MVs. I just hope they are known because of SNSD and not become “the girl’s from the Intel adds”… or something like that…
Wait idg the article. What does it mean by music inpiracy?
i think it means illegally downloading their music. correct me if i’m wrong. the picture is so cute 🙂
What does it mean by music inpiracy?
mmmm i buy all the albums…and i still download them hahaha mostly cuz im scared that i will mess up the cardboard covers and stuff…and i want the posters!!!
piracy is a worldwide problem, and SNSD is no exception. but it doesn’t mean its right though…
Bunthoeun Has said:
its a given that they are going to lose potential sales from piracy.
More popular an artist is, the more prevalent piracy is.
Piracy will never go away, but as long as the girls keep doing promotions, and expanding worldwide, their popularity will bring more fans, and supporters to cheer them on.
this is one of the only things i don’t want our girls to be no 1 for (the others probably being the group with the weakest health, etc). 😦
i feel proud, i’ve bought all their albums & singles so far except baby baby and their itnw concert dvd, which i shall get. 8D
I agree! It hurt me when I read the title. I, too have all the albums except Girls’ Generation and Oh! (I have the repackaged version though).
Sense of humor? The “feed the Soshi” thing’s a humorous appeal, isn’t it?
the bigger victim in media piracy is the thief’s own integrity.
it’s also like littering – “oh, it’s just…” and so on.
if I worked all day and earned just ten dollars, I’d be pretty concerned if I lost even a single dollar of that to a pickpocket. and I was certainly annoyed when the tax man took double that.
that said, like someone here said about youtube recently, media corporations (like SM, KBS) can cut down on their piracy losses by removing some of the restrictive controls on the distribution of their material. I don’t imagine they can (nor do I think they think they can) win out over the internet when it comes to the whole piracy thing, so I think they ought to hump themselves (work hard) on finding some middle ground. people want something – find a way to get it to them. there’s always mutual profit to be made.
never downloaded a SOSHI song, will always buy them, I promise! 🙂 That is, when I get a job LOL.
I think there are just too many antis out there secretly spazzing SNSD and downloading their music, because I don’t see many real SONEs not supporting SNSD and downloading illegally. One of the easier ways to reduce (by no means elimintate) piracy worldwide is to make their music digitally available for purchase from online music distributors around the world, for us in the US it would be iTunes and Amazon etc. Some times it’s simply a matter of making it easier and more accessible for people to buy. In general digital versions of the music have lower cost and is cheaper to the consumer as well. Piracy will never go away, and music is becoming more of a promotional tool than the main revenue stream, the real money makers are going to be selling peripheral products like photobooks, starcards, doing advertisements, and of course concerts and musicals.
ok ok girls dont look at me like that *referring to their pouting party pict* aigoo kyeopta
now i feel very guilty T_T
ok ok i`ll buy unnies` next album but there is korean and japan,…but then i also waiting 4 their ITNW dvd concert T_T, i really2 want these dvd concert 😦
unnies fighting !!
haha i dunno to be happi tat they were number 1 in tis aspect coz it means they r realli veri popular now yet they arent receiving the proper recognition in the sales aspect…
No worries…true SONEs will support our gals!…i bought all their albums (calendars too)!
Bought my copies (don’t have all of them yet) all on EBay as new.. not sure if they counted that.. live in US, hard to buy Korean stuff sometimes..
the collage at the end is adorable.. lol…
Piracy is an issue that will be here for as long as media downloading exists. As some have stated, the more popular something is the more the piracy rate goes up, there is no exception. There are people who try to make excuses for piracy saying that the companies deserve it and that they charge too much but down the bottom line, it’s stealing. There are people who dl first and then buy it if they are impressed, which is stealing if they don’t eventually buy it. There are also fans out there who are not as hardcore and don’t see the value of dropping hundreds of dollars for soshi products, so they pirate. The argument that says “Well they make 10 million dollars instead of 11 Million, big woop they shouldn’t cry over it” that’s still their property that’s being stolen and used for free, piracy is piracy no matter how well the company is doing and companies need big numbers to pay everyone off and make a profit.
For soshi I buy my copies and keep them in my cupboard still in it’s wrapping and dl them.
No surprise there. I can’t help but think of the Valve server hack for the HL2 Source code whenever anyone mentions Piracy.
I don’t want to get off the wrong foot here, I admit to downloading music illegally, but it was because I had no other option. While it may seem like I’m supporting piracy, I don’t. In fact, I think it’s unscrupulous in many ways, but hear me out first.
While it may seem that the illegal downloading of music actually affects the companies’ profit stemming from distribution of a licensed/patented product (And many other things in a harmful way), improbability arises through the piracy as a form of advertisement to many who don’t have the necessary means or access to non-proprietary platforms like Youtube and it sort of becomes the bridge of information between the givers (SNSD) and the receivers (People). However, such a prospect is improbable and I would often disregard the case.
I’ll have to be candid, I genuinely don’t know what goes in the heads of corporate buisnessmen, advertisers and the like when it comes to pricing products for mass distribution, nor in the heads of individuals who pirate said products for whatever reason. In any case, a number of senarios can arise from one position and work its way in an algorithmic pattern.
There will always be anonymity on the internet and loopholes in not just media programmes, but many other systems of utilization which pirates will definitely abuse in order to benefit themselves without expending any of their wherewithals, you can’t change that because it is not within our grasp to change things, unfortunately.
As far as I know, Piracy will always be ubiquitous and won’t go away for a very long time. So I would suggest on methods to minimize the downsides to distributing media companies resulting from Piracy losses and keep a look out.
Actually…I’m one of those people who pirate soshi songs. 😛
But only because they were new songs and my album was taking forever to ship here! I got my Hoot album 2 weeks after they started promoting it. T.T
too famous until they become the victim of music piracy…
hope it wont happen and SM to stop it..
SNSD, fighting! ^^
I think sones are generally quite supportive if the girls in this aspect, it’s more likely casual listeners and young people without much money who’d download songs. I’ve illegally downloaded almost all of soshi’s songs but I’ve still bought all their albums, its just I can’t wait to put the songs on my ipod.
Although, in my opinion downloading music isn’t really that bad. I mean you can support artists in many other ways and despite how much losses snsd may have made they’re still well off enough to have private flights and designer handbags right? I wouldn’t even be buying the music I’ve downloaded if I wasn’t able to do it illegally anyway, so they haven’t made a loss from me. I do buy albums if I am a real fan of a groups music.
The videos are so funny though! “Sooyoung keeps biting my head” haha
I LOVE the “Oppa Nappa” parody MV (i.e. feed SNSD) 😀 😀 😀 !!!! Yes, I will definitely not let any of the 9 ladies get skinnier, be killed because someone “forced” Jessica to eat cucumbers or break-up TaeNy (especially the last if it means Tiffany gets hurt 😦 ) 😉 !!! I have bought all official SNSD products and will continue to proudly do so 😀 !!! SNSD FIGHTING !!!!
BTW, I wonder what Jessica’s “special spam” tastes like 😉 ?!!
simon. / said:
it’s kind of inevitable. but also a good thing.
it goes to show they are the most sought after artists online.
i mean i download k-pop almost immediately as they are released.
can’t seriously expect international buyers to afford to keep buying albums.
it’s just reality. but yeah, so far in my support. i have purchased every physical album snsd has released.
guilty of being an SNSD pirate here too…all my SNSD albums and singles are too precious to be scratched by my car CD player and i need a digital copy for my ipod so i leech the digital version online. I think its becoming a norm for people to buy the physical album and leech from the net at the same time.
It’s funny how sones(snsd fans) really love their snsd, but if they loved snsd, then they wouldn’t be number one pirate group on the list. Seems like it’s worth. It seems that sones here are making excuses that snsd album cd will get scratched, that’s why they have to dl pirated snsd songs on the net. But half of you who are saying this, probably don’t even have the snsd album. lol
Boss Lady said:
u cant solely put the blame on SONEs for snsd being the number one pirated group..i can bet there are plenty out there that aren’t really big fans of the girls that contribute to the list, most likely more than sones. and i dont think you can say “sones here are making excuse that blah blah”, from what i see “here” only one person said that, i wouldn’t generalize an entire group of fans based on only a few.
BAN MUSIC PIRACY said:
Sadly to say Music Piracy is here to stay and it has been here since 10 years ago.
Stopping them? That will never happen as there are too many servers around the world and too difficult to track them. Shut one down and the next one will open.
The girls do get money from Music Royalties but SM gets the biggest shares. The money that generates for the girls income is via CFs mostly. Doesn’t really hurt the girls that much but mostly those SUPER GREEDY CORPORATE PEOPLE that swallows a big chunk. So that’s why they are tracking those songs.
If they want to stop or slow down on Piracy, then just do what iTunes is doing. Sell songs at a cheaper price and maybe then, piracy will slow down. Plus selling digitally does save the Mother Earth from all those plastics covers and CD holders and paper.