|| The Korean Copyright Act was enacted
in 1957. Although the Korean Copyright Act generally followed
the model of the Japanese Copyright Act effective at that
time, it incorporated more progressive provisions in view
of new trends. In addition, to keep pace with the transforming
international arena, Korea joined the Universal Copyright
Convention in 1987.
Copyright is established ipso jure upon the creation and
the issuance of works, and registration is not required
for copyright to be established.
Registration is only necessary to be effective against a
The period of copyright protection is limited by the Korean
Copyright Act and shall subsist for the life of the author
plus fifty years thereafter.
The scope of copyright is widened. The protection is not
limited to the items listed and works may comprise all other
items having academic or artistic character.
Government or public agency documents, current news, public
presentations, and the like are stipulated as non-works
and in special cases, some restrictions are imposed upon
copyrighted works by means of which the general public is
able to use such works more freely.
In addition to the author's property right, the personal
right of the author is protected.