We are delighted to invite you to the International Copyright Technology Conference 2018, hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, held in cooperation with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and jointly organized by the Korea Copyright Protection Agency together with the Korea Copyright Commission.

Since 2001 under the slogan "Copyright, the Life of Content: Copyright First!", we are continuing our eighth event until 2018 this year. Last year, we focused on the theme, "Artificial Intelligence Era, Copyright Technology," and discussed about the development of copyright technology on the industrial front where expectations are high for establishment of virtual physical system that can control things automatically and intelligently using robots and artificial intelligence based on next-generation industrial revolution characterized by the convergence of information, communication and technology.

This year, ICOTEC 2018 will convene under the title of "Blockchain, the Future of Copyright Technology" and provide an in-depth look into the blockchain technology which is proving its value as a trust-based platform for uses in various fields of contents following financial services recently, and is emerging for its key function of copyright protection among other aspects of its technology. We hope it will be an opportunity to seek ways forward for further development of the copyright technology.

In addition, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and WIPO will jointly hold the world's only awards ceremony for the copyright technology at ICOTEC 2018, as was the tradition since 2012. We will also present the results of the development of the copyright R & D projects of the Ministry and prepare a stage for transfer of technology to the private sector.

This year's program has been organized to provide an intensified focus on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and to enable an in-depth and invaluable discussions between the copyright technology industry and copyright owners, and the general public that love cultural contents.

I look forward to your interest and participation in the International Copyright Technology Conference (ICOTEC) 2018 where you will be able to share views on the development of advanced copyright technology and gain an outlook on the future of the copyright industry.

Thank you.

Taeyong Yoon President
Korea Copyright Protection Agency