Legitimate video disc factories would face closure under a new plan to make piracy and counterfeiting offences under the Organised and Serious Crimes Ordinance, operators said yesterday. The Optical Disc Manufacturing and Technologies Association said the proposed amendments would mean heavier penalties and confiscation of assets. Thomas Lee Yuk-sang, president of the 60-member association, said legal operators had been made scapegoats because of a lack of government support in copyright verification. 'Orders from countries such as India, Vietnam and the Philippines all come from reputable clients but we do not have information to check on copyright. We don't even know the name of the songs [on compact discs],' he said. Difficulties in obtaining prompt confirmation had left operators facing Customs investigation and prosecution. He said the Government should set up a mechanism to help operators carry out checks. A survey of 58 factories showed 98 per cent opposed the bill. More than 100 industry representatives staged a sit-in outside the Legco building while legislators discussed the proposals at the Bills Committee. However, Philip Chan Kwan-yee, Principal Assistant Secretary for Trade and Industry, stressed it was manufacturers' responsibility to verify copyright of titles. He said operators should reject orders if they were suspicious. The Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association and Business Software Alliance supported the bill, stressing it could aid the piracy crackdown.