Imported works of pornography have been available in North Korea in recent decades, mainly in the capital Pyongyang and typically in the form of CD-R copies bought secretly at markets. Possession of pornography became widespread among elites during the late 1990s.
Political and army elites are the most active consumers of pornography.
Since 2008, the production of pornographic films has been banned by state censors, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television's prohibition on pornography has been complete, and the government has shown no signs of changing course.
Directors, producers, and actors involved in pornographic films have been barred from competing in any film competitions.
There is a Undang-Undang Anti-Pornografi (The Law of Anti-Pornography), but this has become controversial as it is seen to objectify women, and it can affect the local culture including some traditional art.
The National Communications Commission (NCC), the Taiwanese media regulator, monitors and categorizes the level of media and public material into four levels.
Thus adult material is not seen for sale in authorized shops, but only in small and hidden places.
Copyright protection is usually strictly applied in Taiwan, but pornography has been seen as an exception.
The public display of adult material is strictly prohibited.