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Amendment to Internet Address Resource Act Announced
  • South Korea
  • 03 September 2009

An amendment to the Internet Address Resource Act which will provide protection for domain names in Korea was recently announced. Petitioners filing actions under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy may now also raise a claim under the Internet Address Resource Act since its scope has been extended to cover not only country-code top-level domain names, but also generic top-level domain names.

Korean Company Takes on Microsoft
  • South Korea
  • 29 July 2004

Daum Communication Corp, a Korean internet portal company that provides an instant messaging service, has filed a suit against Microsoft and its Korean subsidiary alleging that the inclusion of Microsoft's instant messaging program in its Windows XP operating system amounts to an illegal abuse of its market power.

Online Users to Sue for Internet Disruption
  • South Korea
  • 18 September 2003

Thousands of online users recently filed an action seeking damages against internet service providers and Microsoft Corporation in connection with an internet disruption which occurred in Korea in early 2003. Cable and wireless internet connection was interrupted nationwide, causing great inconvenience and financial losses.

Amended Computer Program Law Protects ISPs from Liability
  • South Korea
  • 27 March 2003

The Computer Program Protection Act has been amended in order to encourage the online dissemination of software. The amendments allow internet service providers to limit their liability in the case of any copyright infringement that takes place through their information networks.

Prosecutor's Office Silences Sea of Sound
  • South Korea
  • 13 March 2003

The Prosecutor’s Office has indicted the operators of Soribada (Korean for ‘sea of sound’) on the basis of facilitating copyright law infringement. The indictment effectively halted the practice of exchanging popular music files without permission from the copyright holder, and has implications for both the music industry and web users.

Ministry Imposes New Regulations for Labelling of Spam
  • South Korea
  • 08 August 2002

New regulations which recently took effect provide that commercial emails (ie, spam) must be entitled "Advertisement" where appropriate. Material that is unsuitable for minors must also be suitably labelled. Fail to label emails accordingly may incur a fine of up to W5 million.

Government Takes Action to Protect Online Content
  • South Korea
  • 11 April 2002

The Korean government has approved the Online Digital Content Industry Development Act, which will protect online digital content and promote industries related to the production and development of such content.

Changes Afoot for Domain Name System
  • South Korea
  • 11 April 2002

Korea's Ministry of Information and Communication is reforming the country's domain name system. In the first instance, the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Committee has been established to oversee the mediation of conflicts involving domain names registered in the country-code top-level domain '.kr'.

New Act Protects Against Internet Lewdness
  • South Korea
  • 02 August 2001

The Information Communication Network Use Promotion and Information Protection Act has been introduced to supplement areas that were not previously addressed, including the protection of youngsters against lewdness and violence on the Internet.

New Laws for Cybermalls
  • South Korea
  • 26 July 2001

The Korea Fair Trade Commission has approved the Standard Agreement on Internet Cybermall Transactions. The agreement details the liability of cybermalls in relation to customers and deliveries of goods.

Overview (March 2001)
  • South Korea
  • 29 March 2001

Including: Electronic Documents; Electronic Signature Act; Information and Communications Networks; Consumer Protection Guidelines; Tax Issues

New Laws Control Internet Boom
  • South Korea
  • 09 November 2000

The government has recently enacted 39 laws in order to regulate the recent proliferation of electronic commerce and internet usage. However, there are no plans to enact new tax laws specifically addressing these issues.

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