A bookstore owner has become the first person to be convicted of breaching Hong Kong's new copyright ordinance after he photocopied a maths textbook and put the copies up for sale. Yuen Siu-pong was fined $4,000 and given a two-month jail sentence suspended for two years. Yuen, 51, pleaded guilty yesterday in Kwun Tong Court to one count of making, and another of distributing, five copies of the textbook Mathematics Today in his bookstore in Kwun Tong Road, Ngau Tau Kok, on October 8. The court heard the textbook's publisher, Canotta Publishing Co, received complaints from readers and alerted Customs. Five photocopies of Mathematics Today were found in Yuen's bookstore. He was arrested by Customs officers in a raid later that day. Sentencing Yuen, Magistrate Kwok Wai-kin said his offence was serious, as actions such as his could force publishers to increase the price of textbooks, causing a greater financial burden to the parents of schoolchildren. Yuen's lawyer said his client was remorseful and had vowed not to repeat the offence. The amended Copyright Ordinance, which criminalises unauthorised copying, came into effect in April last year.