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Title Seoul Copyright Forum 2014 Held
Date 2014-10-10


Seoul Copyright Forum 2014, hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and organised by the Korea Copyright Commission, was held on October the 8th at Diamond Hall, Intercontinental Seoul Coex.


Under the theme of "The Present and Future of the Copyright System in Digital Era", directions of copyright reform suggested in Europe and the US, as well as copyright issues and trends and pertinent countermeasures of Korea and Asia-Pacific region were discussed at the forum.


As digitalisation is progressing rapidly and anyone can easily distribute copyrighted works on the internet, the online protection and sharing of copyright for the development of cultural content is more and more emphasised.


In response to this trend, experts from the UK, the US, Japan and China made a presentation on and discussed multilateral measures for the improvement of copyright system. It was expected that this forum would be an opportunity to devise proactive means through which the copyright system can respond to the development of technology.


In the first session of the forum, Michele Woods, director of the Copyright Law Division for the Culture and Creative Industries Sector, WIPO, delivered a keynote speech on "Worldwide Trend of Copyright Reform". Martin Kretschmer, professor at University of Glasgow Law School, and Kevin R. Amer, counsel for Policy and International Affairs, Copyright Office, made a presentation on the measures for the development of copyright system in the digital environment discussed in Europe and the US respectively.


In the second session, with the theme of "Key Issues of Copyright Reform", the latest issues on copyright legislation in Korea, China, Japan, and ASEAN were discussed. After the presentations, comprehensive discussion and Q&A session followed.


Seoul Copyright Forum, first held in 2008, has become a representative international event in the field of copyright, examining and seeking countermeasures for global copyright issues as well as national and international trends on copyright legislation and policy. The themes of the forum so far included "UCC Services and Copyright"(2008), "Collective Management of Copyright in the Digital Environment"(2009), “Copyright Protection in Mobile Environment"(2010), "The Introduction of Right of Publicity and Legislative Protection Measures"(2011), "Creative Utilisation of Orphan Works"(2012), “Copyright Ecosystem in the Creative Economy"(2013).