Modernized Traditional Custume Not Covered by Copyright Act

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Modernized Traditional Custume Not Covered by Copyright Act

The Supreme Court ruled that a modernized version of the traditional Korean Hanbok was not eligible for protection under the Copyright Act.

On April 4 the Supreme Court upheld a lower court's decision exonerating the manufacturer Mr. Kwak (45) who had been sued for violating the Copyright Act.

The judge ruled that products intended for mass consumption or practical use could not be considered to be of great artistic value, and therefore eligible for copyright protection.

Mr. Kwak was sued by Hanbok manufacturers who accused him of copying, producing and selling their products.



by Choi Jae-hui

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