The Court of Appeal yesterday ordered the retrial of three businessmen acquitted of making pirated video discs, saying the trial judge made 'several fundamental errors of law'. The panel of three judges was satisfied there were sufficient grounds for reconsidering the March 15, 2000, verdict of District Court Judge Alan Wright after prosecutors lodged an appeal. Danel Ho Hon-chung, Eric Lam Kwok-wah and Yuen Wai-kin will now stand trial for a second time for offences including possessing fake VCDs and machines for making pirated compact discs. The men were arrested in two Customs raids in Kwai Chung and Kwun Tong on August 1 and 4, 1998. Their trial had heard that the copyright of all the films found except for two was owned by Warner Brothers or Time Warner Entertainment Co. Judge Wright had ruled an affirmation made to the court which established copyright ownership over the two films was inadmissible. The defendants had claimed during the trial that they had been authorised to produce the VCDs after obtaining permission from a company called Deltamac (Taiwan) Co Ltd, an affiliate of KPS Retail Stores (Taiwan) Ltd. But appeal judges Mr Justice Michael Stuart-Moore, Mr Justice Simon Mayo and Mr Justice Frank Stock found Judge Wright had erred in deciding a relationship existed between Warner Brothers and Deltamac.