What you need to know

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 April, 2008, 12:00am

Q. Will I break the law if I watch TV dramas on YouTube?

A. Only the source of unauthorised content will have criminal liability. But viewers may have to bear civil liabilities.

Will I be breaking the law if I watch live soccer matches with peer-to-peer streaming software like PPLive?

As P2P software involves uploading activities by users, liability will depend on whether the act involves an intention to distribute unauthorised content.

Can I convert CDs into MP3 files for listening to on a portable player such as an iPod?

Format shifting under the proposal will be legal but it will not apply to files to which copyright owners have applied measures to stop copying, such as DRM.

Will ISPs provide my personal data to copyright owners if they complain of an infringement?

Copyright owners must obtain a court order to request ISPs to provide customers' personal data for civil actions.