Hm. I paid nearly US$200 for popfolder service a few months ago for maximum download and upload speeds from the communities based on “web-hard” services. So far, very rarely used it.
LG Telecom paid 10,000,000,000 Won (US$10 million) in advance to some music industry association something organization, namely an interest group for the entermainment industry, to make the MP3 service for the millions of LG Telecom subsribers possible. I’ve paid more than US$1,000 to use the LGT mobile service alone, excluding the phone prices and the money spent on SKT, KT, Hansol Telecom, etc. LGT will have to increase the hourly rate (actually charged per 10 second and “packet”) because of the US$10 million spent on something unexpected.
Though depending on individuals and markets, I think it’s more about industrial relationship than justice of the law. South Korean law system regarding intellectual property rights (and wrongs) is both very cruel and generous at the same time.