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News Summary: Korean court blocks name requirement

THE RULING: A South Korean court ended a law requiring Internet contributors to use their real names to leave comments, saying the policy undermined free speech.

ABOUT THE LAW: The online naming law took effect in 2007 under a bipartisan push to curb libeling, the spread of false rumors and abusive comments in the cyber space.

THE LAW'S EFFECT: The court said the real name policy discouraged people from voicing dissents out of concern they would be punished. The court also said it found no proof that the law helped decrease libel or the spread of rumors and false information.

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