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Copyright Law of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (as amended by Decree No. 1532 of February 1, 2006, of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly)

Year of current version:2006
Date of entry into force of original text:March 21, 2001
Date of Text (Enacted):March 21, 2001
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights), Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, IP Regulatory Body
Notes:
The Copyright Law of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is divided into 6 chapters: Chapter 1 on Fundamental Principles, Chapter 2 on Object of Copyright, Chapter 3 on Copyright Holders, Chapter 4 on Use of Copyrighted Works, Chapter 5 on Related Rights’ Holders, and Chapter 6 on Guidance and Control of Copyright Protection.

Article 5, inter alia, states that the copyright of a corporate body or an individual whose country is a party to a convention to which the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (hereafter the “DPRK”) has acceded shall be protected by the convention.
Article 7 states that the DPRK shall promote exchange and cooperation with foreign countries and international organizations in the field of copyright.
Articles 23 and 24 provide for the term of protection which varies depending on the type of copyright work.
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Copyright Law of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (as amended by Decree No. 1532 of February 1, 2006, of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly) Copyright Law of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (as amended by Decree No. 1532 of February 1, 2006, of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly), Complete document (pdf) [30 KB] Copyright Law of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (as amended by Decree No. 1532 of February 1, 2006, of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly), Complete document (htm) [47 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

Korean

조선민주주의인민공화국 저작권법 (2006년 2월 1일 최고인민회의 상임위원회 정령 제1532호로 수정보충) 조선민주주의인민공화국 저작권법 (2006년 2월 1일  최고인민회의 상임위원회 정령 제1532호로 수정보충), Complete document (pdf) [129 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:KP001

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