Dissertation Information for Hyesun Hwang
- Hyesun Hwang
- Library and Information Science
- Rutgers University (USA) (1995)
- Jorge Schement
MPACT Status: Incomplete - Inspected
Title: Changing perception of information in the development of Korean intellectual property rights regime
Abstract: This study explores the development of property concept in information and examines the expansion of it with formation of intellectual property rights (IPRs). The concept of information as property originated in the West is becoming universal concept as the globalization progresses.
The case of Korea shows how an idea of information as property that was foreign to the culture was incorporated into legal system and was received in the public perception. This study analyses the newspaper articles for the period from June 1987 to December 1991 and documents the development of IPR regime and the changes in the perception of information as the system consolidated.
It was found out that with the development of IPR regime in Korea information is increasingly regarded as property. The rapid increase of claims for exclusive rights in information and disputes on unauthorized reproduction and use of information are the evidence of the trend in which the concept of information as property expands.
It was also found out that even though IPRs were adopted into Korean culture quite recently, the concept of information as property was accepted in a short time. The tendency would become more obvious when the nation's economy develops toward an information society.