GEM-listed firm is accused of copying training course materials on the internet
A unit operating under the Hong Kong Polytechnic University is suing Growth Enterprise Market-listed Thiz Technology for copyright infringement.
Sun Wah-Pearl Linux (SWP), set up by the university to offer Linux and open-source programme training, said the Thiz-controlled Institute of Thiz Technology had copied materials from more than 30 SWP training courses.
'I am shocked to learn that my works - including course outlines, content, wording and even grammatical mistakes - are shown in their course materials,' said SWP's Albert Chung, who designed the courses.
'We are only a [small business]. After comparing the two courses, most people would probably choose the listed company. It has resulted in an unfair competition.'
SWP decided to bring the case to court after consulting legal experts.
Richard Yim Kwok-keung of Bosco Tso and Partners, the company's counsel, said articles distributed over the internet were considered literary works with copyright protection under law.
'The first one who releases the article is the owner of the copyright,' he said, adding he was confident SWP would prevail in the case.
Thiz recently removed the suspect content from its web site and said in a preliminary reply to SWP it would defend the charges. It said it would not comment while the two parties were in litigation.
SWP said its goal was not to win financial compensation and a settlement out of court was possible.