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The development of copyright and the status of writers in Korea from the 1880s to the 1930s

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  • The development of copyright and the status of writers in Korea from the 1880s to the 1930s
  • Kim,Joungsoo
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Title The development of copyright and the status of writers in Korea from the 1880s to the 1930s
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Kim,Joungsoo

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Seoul,South Korea : Korea Journal

Date 2016
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korea Journal:vol.56(no.4)
Pages 22
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Abstract

Copyright, a right exclusively granted to authors based on the originality of their work, is an essential institution for the establishment of modern literature. As a basic right guaranteeing the existence of professional writers of modern literature, copyright is quintessential to the status of authors as actors of modern literature. Writers in colonial Korea lacked a clear grasp of the modern yet discriminatory political systems of copyright and publication law. Under circumstances demanding self-censorship, writers were unable to actively demand copyright protection, as they lacked pride in their work and sold it at low prices as a way out of poverty. Under colonial rule, the importance of a writer’s economic rights through acknowledging the originality of their literary work was overlooked, while pangwon (publication right) was universally used by publishers as an exclusive sales right for publication.