A Legco sub-committee has been formed to scrutinise controversial copyright legislation that came into effect on April 1. The body would have its first meeting on Tuesday, a day before the first and second readings in Legco of revamped legislation that would suspend provisions outlawing the unauthorised photocopying of newspapers. The sub-committee would invite representatives from the publishing and media industry to attend the meeting to give their opinions, but the content and details would be left to be discussed later in the bills committee. Democrat Sin Chung-kai, who represents the information-technology sector, apologised on Thursday for failing to detect that the new law could widen the scope of criminal liability. Secretary for Commerce and Industry Chau Tak-hay apologised last week over the legislation. The Government then suggested indefinitely suspending the law's criminal provisions regarding photocopying such material. The Newspaper Society backs the proposed suspension, but says it should only apply for six months. It was believed the amended bill could only be passed in a third reading on May 2 at the earliest.