Poisonous articles on IPR chapter in Korea-US FTA (eg. shutting down internet sites)

Seoul | 27 May 2007

The full text of Korea US FTA was openned, last Friday.
(http://www.mofat.go.kr/mofat/fta/eng/eng_list.htm)
But it has many poisonous articles there.

Especially we are very worried about the IPR chapter
and its confirmation letters. They have very dangerous things
which the former US FTA didn’t have.

For examples, the both governments agree on the objective
of shutting down the internet sites that permit unauthorized
reproduction, distribution, or transmission of copyright works.
Korean government shutting down even P2P service and
webhard service. And it also includes strong enforcements
activities such as enforcement on book printing
on university campuses.

If this Korea US FTA is passed, then the US will request
other countries to include these things in the following FTA.
So it needs to have international solidarity activities to stop
this kind of US FTA.

Please check below and we welcome your comments, criticizing opinions or statement
to this IP chapter of Korea US FTA. And please forward it to other people world-wide.

Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA and social organizations
will have a press conference about the problem of IPR chapter of
Korea US FTA on May 28th.

In soldarity,
patcha
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Kim Jeong Woo (PatchA)
Korean Progressive Network ’Jinbonet’
Tel) +82-2-701-7687
Fax) +82-2-701-7112
Web) http://www.jinbo.net
Email) i@patcha.jinbo.net / patcha@patcha.jinbo.net
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Confirmation letter (Online Piracy Prevention)
Full text: http://www.mofat.go.kr/mofat/fta/eng/e45.pdf

- The Parties agree on the objective of shutting down Internet sites that permit the unauthorized
reproduction, distribution, or transmission of copyright works
, of regularly assessing and actively
seeking to reduce the impact of new technological means for committing online copyright piracy,
and of providing generally for more effective enforcement of intellectual property rights on the
Internet.
- Korea also agrees on the objective of shutting down Internet sites that permit the unauthorized
downloading (and other forms of piracy) of copyright works
, including so-called webhard services,
and providing for more effective enforcement of intellectual property rights on the Internet,
including in particular with regard to peer-to-peer (p2p) services.
- Korea will work to prevent, investigate, and prosecute internet piracy. In doing so,
Korea will work with the private sector, the other Party, and other foreign authorities.

Confirmation letter (Promoting Protection and Effective Enforcement of Copyrighted works on University Campuses)
Full text: http://www.mofat.go.kr/mofat/fta/eng/e46.pdf
- The Parties recognize the importance of preventing illegal copying and distribution of copyrighted
works on university campuses and providing effective enforcement against book piracy. Therefore,
consistent with Korea’s May 2004 Master Plan for IPR, Korea agrees to continue to increase its
efforts to improve awareness of copyright infringement activities and book piracy on university
campuses and reduce illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted works.

The Full text of IP Chapter is below:

Intellectual Property Rights
http://www.mofat.go.kr/mofat/fta/eng/e43.pdf

Confirmation letter (Internet Service Provider)
http://www.mofat.go.kr/mofat/fta/eng/e44.pdf

Confirmation letter (Promoting Protection and Effective Enforcement of Copyrighted works on University Campuses)
http://www.mofat.go.kr/mofat/fta/eng/e46.pdf

Confirmation letter (Online Piracy Prevention)
http://www.mofat.go.kr/mofat/fta/eng/e45.pdf

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