Poisonous Intellectual Property Clauses Korea-US Free Trade Agreement
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Sun, 27 May 2007 19:46:17 +0900
Finally, the full text of Korea US FTA was released last Friday.
It has many poisonous articles.
We are very worried about the IPR chapter
and the confirmation letters of IPR have very dangerous things
which the former US FTA didn’t have.
For examples, both governments agree on the objective
of shutting down the internet sites that permit unauthorized
reproduction, distribution, or transmission of copyright works.
Korean government are shutting down even P2P service and
I think most of the internet sites including portal, UCC/UGC,
blog sites etc.can be shut down by the government.
And it also includes strong enforcement activities on book printing
on university campuses.
If this Korea US FTA is passed, then the US will request
other countries to include these things in the following FTA.
So it needs to have international solidarity activities to stop
this kind of US FTA.
Please check below and we welcome of your criticizing opinions or statement
to this IP chapter of Korea US FTA. We will post it to our struggle website (http://nofta-ip.jinbo.net)
And please forward it to other people world-wide.
Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA and social organizations
will have a press conference about the problem of IPR chapter of
Korea US FTA on Monday(May 28th).
Kim Jeong Woo (PatchA)
Korean Progressive Network ‘Jinbonet’
Web) http://www.jinbo.net <http://www.jinbo.net>
Email) firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
? Confirmation letter (Online Piracy Prevention)
– Full text – http://www.mofat.go.kr/mofat/fta/eng/e45.pdf
The Parties agree on the objective of shutting down Internet sites that permit the unauthorized
reproduction, distribution, or transmission of copyright works, of regularly assessing and actively
seeking to reduce the impact of new technological means for committing online copyright piracy,
and of providing generally for more effective enforcement of intellectual property rights on the
Korea also agrees on the objective of shutting down Internet sites that permit the unauthorized
downloading (and other forms of piracy) of copyright works, including so-called webhard services,
and providing for more effective enforcement of intellectual property rights on the Internet,
including in particular with regard to peer-to-peer (p2p) services.
Korea will work to prevent, investigate, and prosecute internet piracy. In doing so,
Korea will work with the private sector, the other Party, and other foreign authorities.
? Confirmation letter (Promoting Protection and Effective Enforcement of Copyrighted works on University Campuses)
– Full text – http://www.mofat.go.kr/mofat/fta/eng/e46.pdf <http://www.mofat.go.kr/mofat/fta/eng/e46.pdf>
The Parties recognize the importance of preventing illegal copying and distribution of copyrighted
works on university campuses and providing effective enforcement against book piracy. Therefore,
consistent with Korea’s May 2004 Master Plan for IPR, Korea agrees to continue to increase its
efforts to improve awareness of copyright infringement activities and book piracy on university
campuses and reduce illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted works.
The Full text of IP Chapter is below
Intellectual Property Rights
Confirmation letter (Internet Service Provider)
Confirmation letter (Promoting Protection and Effective Enforcement of Copyrighted works on University Campuses)
Confirmation letter (Online Piracy Prevention)