S-Space College of Law/Law School (법과대학/대학원) The Law Research Institute (법학연구소) Journal of Korean Law Journal of Korean Law Volume 13 Number 1/2 (2013/2014)
Royalties? Not Joseon Dynasty Kings : A Comparative Analysis of Copyright and Music Licensing Groups in the United States and Korea
- Bean!, Darren QX; Lee, Yuna
- Issue Date
- BK 21 law
- Journal of Korean Law, Vol.13 No.1, pp. 69-137
- Media has been one of the United States’ premier exports for several years. Recently, the “Korean Wave” has garnered coverage in many international arenas, with “Big Bang” winning best international group at the 2011 MTV European Music Awards and “Gangnam Style” reaching number one on the Billboard Social 50 Chart. This Article compares and contrasts the copyright and music licensing regimes in the Republic of Korea and the United States, focusing on substantive copyright protection but also including discussion of the function of rights management societies. We address cultural, historical, and economic factors contributing to the distinctive treatment of musical regulation and offer our opinion as to which nation’s approach is more legally and logically sound in key areas of legal difference in order to encourage reconsideration of certain points within the legal regimes in both nations.