Month: July 2019

Historical landscape of the intersection of human rights and intellectual property

IP has a short history for some attributes of which to be recognised as human rights. IP and human rights have different normative foundations and have developed in isolation. In the last few years, however, a great deal of literatures has discussed IP in terms of human rights. The intersection between HRs and IPRs can …

Stop Internet Censoring

We have seen many attempts to censor the Internet under the pretext of copyright protection. Notorious attempts are SOPA and PIPA of 2012, which triggered the largest online protest in history and was eventually withdrawn, and ACTA, a plurilateral trade deal killed by the European Parliament in 2012. Now, Korean government tries to enact a much stronger internet censoring rule. …

Criminal Enforcement of Copyright and Unintended Consequences

Soon after the signing of the Korea-US FTA (“KORUS”) in June 2007, South Korea experienced a dramatic increase of complaints of copyright crime from 2007. Around one hundred thousands of persons were accused of copyright infringement in a year, and juvenile’s victims occupied 24% in 2008.[1] But the actual indictments by the prosecutors were very small: from …