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Anonymous Patron writes "News From Seoul,South Korea on comic book at a rental shops and a new law. Popular comic books can be rented out an unlimited number of times, but, surprisingly, in Korea the authors of these comic books get no money no matter how many times their books are read by other people.
Until today, domestic copyright laws have not applied to rental shops and so the industry could avoid paying royalties to the creators.
However, after 18 years the government is trying to revise the copyright law, and governing party members on the National Assembly's culture and tourism committee began trying to draw up a revision bill on Feb. 16.
Legalizing a "rental copyright" has created a major dispute in the comic book industry, since the law would have a serious effect on it."