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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copyright amendment ordinance has been dubbed the 'Article 23 of the cyberworld' after national security legislation, withdrawn following massive protests in 2003.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