Copyright Issues concerning Online/Non-Face-to-Face Lectures
In connection with the nationwide Corona19 incident, in an unusual move, following the Education Ministry's recommendation of 'return class' on March 6, 2020, Nazarene University will suspend face-to-face lectures until March 31, 2020 (which may be extended later depending on circumstances) and temporarily implement all lectures on a non-commercial and online basis. The materials used by professors in online lectures (PPT, PDF, etc.) and videos and contents are protected by the copyright law either by the professor or by others. Therefore, if you use lecture materials in violation of copyright law, you may be liable for civil or criminal charges, so please be aware of the following
A. Permitted Acts
Those who receive education at an educational institution may reproduce or interactively transmit the works made public within the extent where deemed necessary for the purpose of education (Copyright Act Article 25 Clause 3). Therefore, during the online/non-face-to-face lecture period, it is permitted to copy and download lecture materials for the sole purpose of education.
B. Prohibited Acts
(1) The distribution (in the case of printed materials) or the transfer (file upload) of downloaded lecture materials to anyone.
(2) Measures that nullify (i) duplication preventing tools, or (ii) access restrictions, for other than enrolled students. For instance, prohibited activities include the sharing or informing of usernames and passwords for onto which lesson materials are posted; or the defeating / alteration / circumvention of anti-duplication safeguards placed upon lesson materials.
(3) Uploading lecture materials on the Internet or sending them to others online can violate international Copyright law, potentially subjecting individuals to serious legal action. Do NOT share any lecture materials with others. Do NOT open any lecture materials to the public.
Article 136 (Penalty Provisions)
(1) Any person who falls under any of the following subparagraphs may be punished by imprisonment with labor up to five years or by a fine up to 50 million won, or may be punished by both:
1. A person who infringes on author’s economic right or other property rights protected pursuant to this Act (excluding the rights under Article 93) by means of reproduction, performance, public transmission, exhibition, distribution, rental, or production of derivative works
 Korea Legislation Research Institute, Korea Law Translation Center. Copyright Act Article 25 Clause 3. Last access: 2019. 10. 25. https://elaw.klri.re.kr/kor_service/lawView.do?hseq=49128&lang=ENG