The troubled Copyright Ordinance is to face a partial suspension for another year under a government proposal submitted to the Legislative Council. In a bills committee paper, the Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau said the Copyright (Suspension of Amendments) Ordinance, which originally expires on July 31, should be extended for another year. Passed in 2001, the legislation partially suspends the Copyright Ordinance provisions that make the use of infringing copies of copyright works in business a new criminal offence. The suspension came amid public concerns that the provision would hamper dissemination of information and classroom teaching. And the partially suspended law remained effective in four categories of copyright works - computer programs, movies, television dramas and musical recordings. The bureau said the extension was in response to Legco's view that the proposed Copyright (Amendment) Bill would need more discussion time. Lawmakers would discuss the Copyright (Amendment) Bill and the extension of the expiry at a meeting next week. Meanwhile, a Chinese restaurant in Tai Po and a 60-year-old male director were fined $20,000 and $10,000 respectively by Fanling Court yesterday for contravening the ordinance because of pirated karaoke videos. The sentence came after customs officers raided the restaurant in November. The ordinance states the maximum penalty for an offence is $50,000 per infringing copy and four years' jail. A customs spokesman also appealed to the public to report suspected corporate cases to its 24-hour hotline at 2545 6182.