It was reported on May 15 that Starbucks Coffee Korea was sued by the Korea Music Copyright Association for music copyright infringement. The KMCA alleged the Starbucks played copyrighted music in its outlets without paying royalties. The KMCA pointed out most Starbucks branches in other countries are paying copyright fees. Starbucks Coffee Korea said the copyright issue is dealt with by headquarters in Seattle.
Here is the news article.
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I put a new post on the issue which you commented.
Please, what is Korea’s law on this issue? Is there a specific provision in its copyright laws covering music played in public setting/private business?