Ten culture-related Korean industry associations, including local labels body the Music Industry Association of Korea (MIAK), on Wednesday launched a unified body for lobbying the government and helping to shape cultural policy.

Members of the Korean Federation of Culture Industries (KFCI) include movie-production, TV-drama, TV-commercial, stage-musical and writers' associations.

The KFCI put forward a six-point initiative, outlining their key plans and priorities, which included working together to improve culture-related laws and other regulations, creating a think tank, cooperating to foster exports and improving anti-piracy legislation and enforcement.

The federation will be co-chaired by Korea Film Producers Association chairman Cha Seung-jae, Corea Drama Production Association president Shin Hyun-taek and Korea Musical Association executive director Yun Ho-jin.

South Korea's culture-industry leaders are carefully watching how newly elected president Lee Myung-bak's administration handles cultural issues.

Lee made his reputation in the construction industry and does not have strong ties with the cultural industry. KFCI leaders, however, say they have received private assurances the government will step up enforcement of IP regulations and anti-piracy legislation.

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