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Celebrated Publishers Propagate ‘Information Feudalism’

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Author: Tania Sebastian
Affiliation: Gujarat National Law University
Issue: Law & Order – Volume 6 Issue 1
Publisher: Yonsei University Press
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As we step into yet another year, we might well be on our way towards a prediction made in the lines of information being controlled and monitored by few, coming true. This theory in the form of the prediction, when extended to the infamous lawsuit by the celebrated publishers of OUP, CUP and Taylor & Francis’s challenge to the alleged crime of a photocopier at Delhi University for unauthorized reproduction and issuance of copies of their academic publications, can yield to an unhealthy trend of few intellectual property hyper-enthusiasts advocates standing in the way of the larger picture of education dissemination to the masses. This article analyses the shortcoming of the arguments of the publishers while emphasizing on the characteristics of feudalism in such situations.

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The Donga Ilbo Advertising Coercion and Forced Layoff Case

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Title: The Donga Ilbo Advertising Coercion and Forced Layoff Case
Author: Seongbak Jin
Affiliation: Yonsei University
Issue: Changes and Transitions – Volume 5, Issue 2
Publisher: Yonsei University Press
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This paper looks at the Donga Ilbo Advertising Coercion and Forced Layoff Case in South Korea during the years 1974-1975, focusing on the confluence of three institutions: the press, the state, and commercial forces. A look into history finds that the state, dissatisfied with the Donga Ilbo’s reporting, leveraged market forces to force it into compliance with its view of proper reporting. This represented a watershed moment in the history of press-state relations in South Korea. The highly contentious state-press relationship, observed at the time of the layoff, can still be seen today. To explore the relationship between the press, the state, and commercial forces, this paper does the following: First, theories of media are introduced to provide a basis for analysis. Second, a brief history of the Korean press leading up the Donga Ilbo case is covered followed by a detailed overview of the layoff case itself. Lastly, the paper concludes by commenting on the implications of a contentious state-press relationship and current government-media relations in South Korea.

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