I am not a Taiwanese. I am not a Japanese. I am not a Chinese. But I am a South Korean. I do not often blame and accuse the people in other countries of anything, war crimes or software piracy.
One of the largest South Korean websites related to computer hardware is KBench.com. It does not host commercial programs like DVD2One and DVD X Copy. However, it does not restrict any post on its community boards that are hosted in its expensive servers, including some Sun, from linking to illegal sources and explaining how to get them. Where to download the latest 007 DVD-ripped movies, for example.
One of the largest South Korean websites related to CD recording is CDRinfo.co.kr. It does not promote piracy of CD recording software, but it does not actively monitor and delete programs like Nero Burning Rom, Easy CD Creator, etc., on its own servers and lines. The money comes from ad banners, sponsored by retail and distributor companies selling CD-R media in South Korea. The site itself is wonderful and extremely helpful even if it has no pirated software. I sincerely respect the young guy running the site alone. KBench and CDRinfo.co.kr each has millions of unique members.
Since Feb. 24. 2003, I run a site called DVD Writer. On its community boards, one of the members posted. The board system allows any member to attach files. He attached the latest DVD2One copy with the serial number text file in a .rar package. I deleted his membership and publicly posted a warning message for a similar conduct.
They are just small examples I run into in my daily lives. It's not as easy as just saying no and sending every criminal into a prison. I cannot do that. It's not any easier to let them do anything.
Moral standards are different according to individuals, families, communities, cities, countries, cultures, generations, etc. Some things like children's rights still hardly exist in South Korea and other Confucian cultures like China, compared to most European, American, and other non-Confucian worlds. Being just one year old makes one more powerful in South Korea. It often is more important than any other factor in social relationship. In this culture where most of the world's CD and DVD media and drives are produced, software piracy is easy, abusing children is easily unnoticed and never punished, dating and marrying without the patriarch's active consent is extremely impossible whether the excuse being the amount of money, family relations, which region the girl or boy comes from, and hundreds of other things.
South Koreans, most of them, cried when the young girl died from the US Army accident in Uijongbu city last year. They are now laughing to know some US Army soldiers died from a similar accident.
My closest friends, family members, forum friends, and almost everyone else I know in South Korea who speak the Korean language are right now very much anti-American. Being anti-American in the South Korean world view just means anti-everything that does not come from the Korean peninsula itself. It is just anti-American because the United States is the only country the Rebluc of Korea's people and government has held close relationship since 1945's liberation from the Japanese empire. Japan is not respected as a country and a nation to South Korean point of view. Whether it exists or not itself is a serious and fundamental quesiton to them. That makes me extremely alien and hostile to everything surrounding me.
I don't think the global world is prepared to deal with the situation when there are billions of rich and powerful Asians culturally and politically hostile and competitive to the West. Neither side hardly knows and accepts the other. The current Arab/Islam problems will look like nothing compared to that one.
Piracy, war and anti-war activities, the Internet, consumerism, human rights, environment, these are all international and increasingly require global attention. There is yet no authority, government, insitution, fund to do just that. There is not even a city or country to accept all nations and peoples.