Hankyoreh makes an interesting admissionIn todays Hankyoreh, an unsigned editorial appears on the the Korean-EU FTA talks now going on. They Hani, being Korea's unmistakable lefty paper, gives a line with an interesting implication:
A trade deal would mean more than just an increase in physical goods. EU companies could be expected to enjoy a big increase in earnings through changes like stronger intellectual copyright protections. For example, blocking the circulation of pirated products would allow European companies to maximize the value of their competitive products. The European Union is demanding that "items that potentially infringe on intellectual property rights" be prevented from clearing customs altogether.
So is the Hani saying that not only are pirated goods widely trafficked in Korea, but such trafficking is a staple of the economy?
Of course the larger issue in a way is the continued mindset that foreigners are "forcing" the issue on Korea. Its interesting on how the Hani totally misses the fact that Korean law already allows for ""items that potentially infringe on intellectual property rights" be prevented from clearing customs altogether". All the rights holders have to do is call the customs service.