Copyright law will stop creativity
I am writing to express my views on the copyright bill which is being considered by the Legislative Council. I believe it will harm the creativity of Hongkongers because it will criminalise parodies or reproductions of art.
Hongkongers like to take images like film posters and make them funny. For example, there were many satirical images online criticising this year's chief executive election. Such altered photos demonstrate Hongkongers' awareness of, and feelings about, current affairs and society.
There are not many opportunities for local artists to promote their work, so the best way is to post their art on the internet. But the new copyright law will stifle their creativity because they may be breaking the law when they post their work online.
Hong Kong should not look down on art, which demonstrates people's education and character. I think the government should go easy on its creative citizens.
Christy Chau Yan-yi, Leung Shek Chee College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Christy. The copyright law is a thorny issue. If it is passed, many Young Post readers could find themselves in trouble. Who does not like to make a good meme these days?
Some people see the new law as more sinister than just protecting copyright. They believe it will silence government critics, as you pointed out.
All of this comes from controlling information, who pays for it, who gets to see it and who gets to share it. Writers and photographers want to be paid for their work. That is how they make a living. The question lies in what happens after they are paid.