The Literature and Art Publishing Company secretly published a pornographic book, Licentious Stories, for the use of party officials.In 2000, the Korean Central Broadcasting Committee also published a pornographic videotape for officials.
Today, pornography is sold openly on the China–North Korea border despite the governments attempts to curtail circulation.
Most of the content consumed in North Korea is produced outside the country, with a significant part of it being Chinese bootleg recordings of poor quality.
Renting a CD for one hour costs 2,000 North Korean won. In cases where the person commits a grave offence, he or she shall be punished by reform through labour for less than five years.
In cases where such a person imports, keeps or distributes sexual video recordings, the punishment shall be reform through labour for more than five years and less than ten years.
The State Security Department is tasked with monitoring illegal imports of pornographic materials.