Databases Protected By Copyright, Korea Court Rules

Law360, New York (February 5, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- A South Korea court has ruled that the contents of a database is protected by copyright, resolving a long-standing legal controversy.

A man who copied a job search database from a personal Web site and pasted it into his home page must pay 38.4 million won in compensation to the site's owner, the Seoul District Court ordered.

The defendant acquired an ID and password with the Web site, which was an employment guide for young men hoping to find alternative work instead of going into the...
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