Target: Korean Politician Choi Jae-Cheon
Goal: Support Mr. Choi in his fight to have Korea’s controversial Three Strikes Law re-examined and possibly repealed
In July of 2009, South Korea became the first country to introduce the “Three Strikes” law. The law gives both the Korean Minister of Culture and the Korean Copyright Commission the ability to completely shut down internet accounts for users who have been found guilty of online copyright infringement. However, the language of the law makes it very easy to exploit. With no judicial process observed, and thus no opportunity for the accused to challenge their accusers, the law has spiraled dangerously out of control. Despite its backer’s claims towards preventing piracy and infringement, many are convinced that it is doing more harm than good.
Korean Politician Choi Jae-Cheon is one of many who oppose the Three Strikes law. He has begun a campaign to have the law’s language re-examined and the law itself possibly repealed. His campaign has already been given support by the Korean National Rights Commission as well as several other international online rights organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Global Voices Advocacy group, and the Creative Commons of Korea. Support Mr. Choi’s efforts to have the controversial Three Strikes law re-examined and possibly repealed by signing this petition letter.
Dear Mr. Choi Jae-Cheon,
You should be commended for your efforts to have the controversial and unfair Three Strikes law of South Korea re-examined and possibly even repealed. No matter where in the world one happens to live, they shouldn’t have to live through heavily constricting online copyright laws such as the Three Strikes law which could easily strip them of their online rights simply through the hearsay of an abusive accuser.
While online piracy and copyright infringement are both very real and very serious problems, the Three Strikes law’s tendency to punish small-time offenders (along with plenty of falsely-accused users), still leaves the major offenders free to commit their crimes. While many Korean rights-holders are unwilling to accept such drastic copyright reform, I know that having the Three Strikes law changed, if not simply thrown out, will help restore the faith South Korea’s people have in their online privacy rights.
By signing this petition letter, I am personally offering my support and my praise towards your cause and urging you to keep fighting for South Korea’s online privacy and online freedom rights.
[Your Name Here]
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