Two former reporters for the Oriental Daily News are being sued by their ex-employer for allegedly passing two pictures to the rival Apple Daily. A subsidiary of the Oriental Press Group (OPG) filed a writ in the High Court yesterday against Kou Ion-tim and Kwan Pui-pui, seeking damages and an injunction restraining them from further 'infringing acts'. OPG Human Resources claims in the writ that there are 'irresistible inferences' that the pair passed two copyrighted items to the company's direct competitor. The writ says Kou - who, with Kwan, was in the newspaper's breaking-news team - took the two photographs on March 14 to illustrate a story about food-poisoning caused by contaminated scallops. The pair were dismissed the same month. The Oriental Daily News used only one photo but both pictures appeared in three other local newspapers and their websites over the next two days, the writ says. The writ says the pair's employment contract stated clearly that the copyright on all works created during their employment was vested in the employer, and that staff were forbidden from transferring them for the use of a third party. OPG Human Resources also claims that Kou and Kwan ignored their request to sign an undertaking to refrain from further infringing copyright. The group has also filed a writ seeking relief from Apple Daily Ltd. They claim their rival intended to reap an advantage over OPG and to damage them in such a way that monetary damages would not be sufficient recompense.