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Law of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the Protection of Computer Software (approved by Decree No. 3831 of June 11, 2003, of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly)

Year of current version:2003
Date of entry into force of original text:June 11, 2003
Date of Text (Enacted):June 11, 2003
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights), Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Industrial Property, IP Regulatory Body, Transfer of Technology
Notes:
The Law of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the Protection of Computer Software is divided into 5 chapters: Chapter 1 on Fundamental Principles, Chapter 2 on Registration of Computer Software, Chapter 3 on Copyright of Computer Software, Chapter 4 on Protection of Computer Software, and Chapter 5 on Guidance and Control of Computer Software Protection.

The Law aims to protect software copyright, promote adherence to copyright provisions of international treaties and promote international cooperation.
Article 4 states that the copyright of software which are developed by a foreign legal person or an individual and registered for the first time in the State shall be protected by this Law.
Article 6 states that the treaties concluded by the State for software protection shall have the same effect as this Law.
Article 7 states that the State shall develop exchange and cooperation with international organizations and foreign countries in the field of software protection.
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Law of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the Protection of Computer Software (approved by Decree No. 3831 of June 11, 2003, of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly) Law of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the Protection of Computer Software (approved by Decree No. 3831 of June 11, 2003, of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly), Complete document (pdf) [44 KB] Law of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the Protection of Computer Software (approved by Decree No. 3831 of June 11, 2003, of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly), Complete document (htm) [33 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

Korean

조선민주주의인민공화국 콤퓨터쏘프트웨어보호법 (2003년 6월 11일 최고인민회의 상임위원회 정령 제3831호로 채택) 조선민주주의인민공화국 콤퓨터쏘프트웨어보호법 (2003년 6월 11일 최고인민회의 상임위원회 정령 제3831호로 채택), Complete document (pdf) [153 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:KP003

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