United States Copyright Law

Musicians win reprieve in copyright revision

A contentious clause that musicians say will violate their intellectual property rights and undermine creativity has been deleted in an official about-face over a controversial amendment to the Copyright Law.

Monday, 9 July, 2012, 12:00am

Get copyright bill right, then vote

Various criteria affect whether or not a piece of legislation is ripe for enactment. Public support aside, the scope and the timing are also important. However, the controversial copyright amendment bill that languished in Legco appeared to meet neither. It is therefore hardly surprising that the government decided to shelve the bill.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Controversial copyright bill shelved

The government has shelved a controversial bill to amend the copyright law, in what commentators say is a way to facilitate the passing of Leung Chun-ying's government revamp plan before the current legislature's term expires.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Censoring parody no joke, says comedian

Jim Chim Sui-man fears that his next stage production, Mr Rubber Man, could be his last before he is put behind bars.

The comedian, who parodies copyrighted works extensively and shares videos of his productions online, is among numerous artists who could be sued if legislators pass changes to copyright law.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Artists find clause for suspicion

During their recent campaigns to become the city's next chief executive, the two leading candidates found themselves targeted by web-based parodists who took their political satire into uncharted realms.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Our copyright laws repress creativity

The copyright amendment ordinance has been dubbed the 'Article 23 of the cyberworld' after national security legislation, withdrawn following massive protests in 2003. The bill aims to criminalise all copyright infringement, rather than just infringements for profit or which lead to significant damage.

SCMP, May 3

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Asia waits to do the sums on US copyright ruling

A mathematics scholar from Thailand devised a textbook method of leveraging his Asian background into sizeable earnings, and the US Supreme Court agreed last week to decide whether his business plan is legal.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Copyright law no laughing matter

Spoof songs, photos and videos have provided much humour and social commentary on the internet, but the laughter could soon end in Hong Kong. The government is moving to overhaul its existing copyright ordinance with the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2011.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Law revisions give more protection over parodies

Creators of parodies will not be sued for copyright infringement unless their works have undermined the earnings of the original authors, according to proposed revisions to an intellectual property rights bill.

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Pressure on local cadres to combat counterfeit goods

The central government has pledged to combat fake and shoddy products by monitoring local governments' efforts to counteract them as part of their annual achievement appraisals.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Free world of food blogging creates thicket over copyrights, ethics

You can be certain that everything in this food and wine section is accurate and original. With dozens of reporters, editors, sub-editors, and proofreaders combing each article, a major metropolitan daily newspaper has to be precise, lest it face legal action.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In the story headlined 'When you have the right to take photos' on page C3 yesterday copyright lawyer Kenny Wong's legal firm should have been named as Mayer Brown JSM.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

When you have the right to take photos

The photo ban saga at Dolce & Gabbana's Tsim Sha Tsui store has stirred debate over a balance between the right to take pictures in public areas and protection of copyright.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Parodies won't be exempted in law change

Despite an outcry from internet users, the government does not plan to exempt parodies from legal liability when it amends the copyright law.

It says demands for exemption took it by surprise and there is not enough time to change the planned legal amendment.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am