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