South Korea Looks To Ban internet Filesharing With North Korea

SEOUL: South Korea's authorities on Monday stated it had proposed a legislation to require its residents to get official permission earlier than utilizing the web to trade digital materials similar to motion pictures, music, scanned books, or art work with anybody in North Korea.

If accepted by parliament, the measure can be the primary main modification to South Korea's Inter-Korean Change and Cooperation Act in three many years and is a part of its current efforts to enhance relations with North Korea.

That legislation already regulates bodily items despatched into or out of North Korea, and the proposed adjustments would add digital content material, Lee Jong-Joo, a spokeswoman for South Korea's unification ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, informed a briefing.

"Whereas up to now the principle goal (of the legislation) was the motion of products, steadily there have been instances of transferred or acquired scanned recordsdata or software program by way of the web changing into a spotlight," Lee stated.

The revision, first outlined in January, comes after the South in December banned the launching of propaganda leaflets into the North.

That measure drew the criticism of rights activists, who've for many years despatched anti-North Korean leaflets over the border utilizing balloons or bottles within the sea. It additionally attracted detrimental consideration from some politicians within the United States, which is South Korea's greatest ally.

Final week the Human Rights Commission of the US House of Representatives raised considerations that some measures taken by Seoul might infringe on freedom of expression.

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