Access to Knowledge

South Korean President has to act as what he claimed at the WHA 73

The following statement was released on June 3, 2012 by tens of civil society organizations including Knowledge Commune. On May 29, 2020, the World Health Organization called governments, non-governmental organizations, scientists, researchers, and civil societies for a solidarity to action for equitable global access to COVID-19 health technologies. We endorse and welcome the WHO’s Solidarity …

COVID-19 and Knowledge Commons

According to the incentive theory of intellectual property law, an exclusive right granted to intellectual property stimulates further innovation and creativity. In the face of COVID-19 crisis, we don’t have therapeutic and vaccine. Rapid innovation in responding COVID-19 is more urgent than ever.  Then, we have to grant, in accordance with the incentive theory, greater …

COVID-19 and Open Access

The spread of Coronavirus was discovered by collaborations of researchers not by researchers’ competition or race to monopoly right. Unlike intellectual property rights on health technologies, copyrighted materials which are related to COVID-19 have been widely and voluntarily shared. This open access movement is expanded to other materials such as online educational materials and distance …

Changes induced by open-ended fair use clause: Korean experiences

[Also posted at http://infojustice.org/archives/37215] South Korea has a civil law tradition based on the modern European civil law systems. The civil law tradition was one of the obstacles when civil societies and lawmakers tried to introduce flexible and open-ended fair use exceptions into the Korean Copyright Act (“KCA”) in 2005 and 2009. According to opposers, the …