Friday, August 11, 2006

Who wants to be a "trouble maker"?

A couple weeks ago there was much a stink made (rightly so) about Korean Teacher Union produced "educational materials" which, as the Chosun said, "excerpted a North Korean history textbook verbatim to write more than two-thirds of a 92-page long booklet without disclosing the source." Hmmm....did not disclose the source.

Reminds me of a case in the beginning of the year. At that time a South Korean lawyer on behalf of a "foundation" filed a lawsuit asking for damages for abusing the trademark of a North Korean writer. As far as I know the case, which includes questions of the territoriality of South Korean law in North Korea, is still pending.

Now if somebody wanted to be troublesome, they could use this case as the basis for filing suit against the teachers union for violating the copyrights of the North Korean authors and publishers of the history textbook quoted. It would certainly put the "progressives" in fit.


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