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Canada – South Korea Trade Agreement Demonstrates Deals Possible Without Increasing IP Protections

Canada and South Korea announced agreement on a comprehensive trade agreement earlier today. The focus is understandably on tariff issues, but the agreement also contains a full chapter on intellectual property (note that the governments have only released summaries of the agreement, not the full text, which is still being drafted). The IP chapter is significant for what it does not include. Unlike many other trade deals – particularly those involving the U.S., European Union, and Australia – the Canada-South Korea deal is content to leave domestic intellectual property rules largely untouched. The approach is to reaffirm the importance of intellectual property and ensure that both countries meet their international obligations, but not to use trade agreements as a backdoor mechanism to increase IP protections.

Yesterday I noted that Canada might be asked to increase the term of copyright protection given that South Korea had agreed to longer copyright terms in its recent agreements with the European Union, Australia, and the U.S. In fact, the U.S. agreement contains extensive additional side letters on Internet provider liability, enforcement, and online piracy.  The Canada – South Korea deal rejects that approach with copyright, trademark, patent, and enforcement rules that are all consistent with current Canadian law (plus the coming border measures provisions in Bill C-8). 

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March 11, 2014 4 comments News

Will the Canada – South Korea Trade Agreement Include Copyright Term Extension?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is currently in South Korea reportedly to finalize agreement on the Canada – South Korea trade agreement. The proposed deal has been the subject of a decade of negotiation with opposition from the auto industry resulting in significant delays. While the focal point of the agreement […]

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March 10, 2014 1 comment News

Facts and Figures on South Korea’s Three Strikes System

Heesob Nam provides an update on the South Korea three strikes system with 31 users having had their Internet access suspended.

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October 26, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

South Korea’s Three Strikes Experience: 7 Months, No Shutdowns

Heesob Nam reviews the South Korean experience with three strikes legislation that has been in place since July 2009.  The government reports thousands of initial notices that have been passed along by ISPs.  There have been no instances of using the subscriber termination power.

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March 12, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

France and South Korea Move Toward Three Strikes And You’re Out

Recent decisions to abandon a three strikes and you're out copyright model in New Zealand, the UK, and Germany, have not been replicated in two other countries.  Last week, both France and South Korea moved toward implementing the approach in their national laws.

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April 6, 2009 1 comment Must Reads