Talk:Copyright Law of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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The law and its context is discussed at [1]

Public domain Copyright Law[1] of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Article 12[2]:

The documents of State management such as ordinance, decision or directive, current news and bulletins shall not be the object of copyright.


This work is from any of the items above and is in the public domain in North Korea (with legal jurisdiction north of the 38th parallel only), and thus is exempt from copyright.


  1. Translated English version
  2. Original version in Korean
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Public domain Copyright Law[1] of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Article 32[2]:

A copyrighted work may be used without the permission of the copyright owner, in the following cases:

  • [...]When a copyrighted work is quoted,
  • When a copyrighted work is performed free of charge,
  • When a copyrighted work in public places is copied.

The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-commercial, non-profit organization, and thus the respective copyrighted work, created within North Korea (with legal jurisdiction north of the 38th parallel only), is permitted for use on all of the Wikimedia Foundation projects.


  1. Translated English version
  2. Original version in Korean
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Licensing[edit]

Would the following tag be suitable for licensing? {{Translation licence|original={{PD-GovEdict}}|translation={{PD-GovEdict}}}} -- 李博杰  | Talk contribs 05:56, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

It would be suitable, but bringing commons:Template:PD-DPRKGov here will be much more specific.--Jusjih (talk) 17:09, 19 December 2011 (UTC)

The copyright on the act[edit]

I don't believe at all that the act itself is subject to copyright but "performed for free" is not the proper provision for a translation unless the Korean word for "performed" includes "published". --Doug.(talk contribs) 07:13, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

Wikisource has the copyright act of 2001, which says that laws aren't protected by copyright. However, in the copyright act of 2006, there seems to be a non-commercial restriction (see Commons:Commons:Deletion requests/Template:PD-DPRKGov). I'm not sure if this means that it isn't permitted to host the 2001 act either. --Stefan2 (talk) 15:51, 7 January 2013 (UTC)
I've brought up the issue at Wikisource:Possible copyright violations#Copyright Law of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. I hope that this can be clarified. --Stefan2 (talk) 16:07, 7 January 2013 (UTC)