Despite China opening its borders for South Korean Entertainment after a six-year ban, conflicts continue to arise due to piracy.
Netflix’s global series “All of Us Are Dead” topped multiple charts but became China’s latest victim of piracy and illegal distribution. Korea JoongAng Daily reports that the series was renamed “Zombie Campus” in Mandarin. Pirated copies are sold under 5 Chinese Yuan or $0.84 on Taobao, and the renamed series was purchased more than 2,000 times. The video can be accessed via a file-sharing service, including Mandarin subtitles.
The article also reports that the series is downloaded illegally through VPNs. With that, the episodes are available for free through unofficial streaming services and the social media platform Weibo. Douban, one of China’s largest social networking websites, allowed its users to post more than 58,000 reviews of the series.
Netflix is at odds with China due to strict censorship and restrictions. The South Korean entertainment ban stemmed from China’s patriotism, as they do not portray the values that their country aims to promote and value.