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New Law to Protect Property Value of Names and Portraits of Popular Figures

New Law to Protect Property Value of Names and Portraits of Popular Figures

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting in June of next year, popular figures will be able to demand reparations or remedy if financial damage is incurred by someone illegally using their name or pictures. The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) said Tuesday that new legislation including these rules had passed the state council. While [...]

Regulator Seeks to Revise E-commerce Trade Law amid Non-contact Trend

Regulator Seeks to Revise E-commerce Trade Law amid Non-contact Trend

SEOUL, March 7 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s corporate watchdog said Sunday it plans to revise a law governing e-commerce transactions as an increase in online platform-based trade raised the need to better protect consumers amid a non-contact trend. The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KTFC) said it will seek to revise the Act on Consumer [...]

Confusion Looms over Abortion Despite Legalization

Confusion Looms over Abortion Despite Legalization

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Legal provisions that used to forbid abortion have been ruled as unconstitutional, being effectively repealed with the start of the new year. The lack of legislative supplements, however, is causing some confusion among women. The fact that punitive measures against abortion have been repealed is not enough to ensure [...]

Refugee Rights Groups Strongly Oppose Revision of Refugee Act

Refugee Rights Groups Strongly Oppose Revision of Refugee Act

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Refugee advocacy groups are strongly opposing the South Korean government’s efforts to revise the Refugee Act. The government recently issued a preliminary notice on the legislation of the revised Refugee Act that focuses on strengthening the reapplication procedures for asylum seekers. A group of refugee rights groups, including the [...]

Tenant Protection Laws Revised to Give Those Affected by COVID-19 New Rights

Tenant Protection Laws Revised to Give Those Affected by COVID-19 New Rights

SEOUL, Sept. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Commercial tenants who have been hit hard by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic have gained new rights to ask landlords to reduce rent. The legislation and judiciary committee of the National Assembly passed a revision of the Commercial Tenant Protection Law on Wednesday. Under the revised law, the [...]