Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups conducted a telephone survey last month, entitled: Strong temptation: young people's views on fake and pirated goods. A total of 517 people aged between 15 and 29 were interviewed. Almost 80 per cent of respondents admitted they had bought and are still interested in buying counterfeit goods. Pirated VCDs were found to be the most popular purchase. While 34 per cent of respon dents believed the market in pirated goods had a seriously detrimental effect on Hong Kong's economy, 27 per cent of respondents thought sales of pirated goods could relieve the unemployment problem. The survey found 53 per cent of young people did not agree with punishing people who bought counterfeit goods for their own use, but 55 per cent supported punishment of those who bought fake goods in order to resell them. One third of respondents did not know an intellectual property rights law had been implemented in Hong Kong. Intellectual Property Department staff will be visiting schools to stress the importance of protecting original work. 'We need to get the message through to kids who use pirated products that buying them is morally wrong; that is just like stealing from someone,' said senior intellectual property examiner Belinda Sin Sung-ho.