Tuesday, 15 November 2005

IFPI Hong Kong Group announces commencement of legal action against illegal music file sharing in Hong Kong

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (Hong Kong Group) Ltd, IFPI (HKG) announces today i.e. the 15th November 2005 that it has locked onto 22 Peer-to Peer illegal file sharing individuals and has commenced legal proceedings against such an on-line piracy.
This announcement coincides with the international concerted action against illegal music files sharing today. Joining Hong Kong in announcing for the first time such legal action to curb online piracy are 4 other countries namely: Sweden, Switzerland, Argentina and Singapore. Other countries that had already conducted legal actions prior to this new wave are: Austria, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the UK and the U.S. We would like to point out that the recording industry has been compelled to take such legal action only as a last resort after our public education and awareness campaigns inviting public that every citizen should respect copyright has led to very limited success (or little result). Our efforts in calling the music users to refrain from illegal file sharing has not resulted in any visible improvement in stopping such harmful and illegal activity. We learnt from other countries that, taking the on-line infringers to the court is the most effective way in bringing the attention of the public of the right attitude towards on-line piracy and of respecting the copyright law. The end result in these countries is that it generates more opportunity in making further investment in music for all types of exploitation media and of different formats in both physical and online business models.
The recording industry players including singers, composers, producers, distributors and vendors of legal music have provided IFPI HKG with strong support in the fight against on-line piracy.
IFPI (HKG) Ltd 15th November, 2005
Hong Kong Music Legal Download Site:

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (Hong Kong Group) Ltd, IFPI (HKG) announces today i.e. the 15th November 2005 that it has locked onto 22 Peer-to Peer illegal file sharing individuals and has commenced legal proceedings against such an on-line piracy.

This announcement coincides with the international concerted action against illegal music files sharing today. Joining Hong Kong in announcing for the first time such legal action to curb online piracy are 4 other countries namely: Sweden, Switzerland, Argentina and Singapore. Other countries that had already conducted legal actions prior to this new wave are: Austria, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the UK and the U.S. We would like to point out that the recording industry has been compelled to take such legal action only as a last resort after our public education and awareness campaigns inviting public that every citizen should respect copyright has led to very limited success (or little result). Our efforts in calling the music users to refrain from illegal file sharing has not resulted in any visible improvement in stopping such harmful and illegal activity. We learnt from other countries that, taking the on-line infringers to the court is the most effective way in bringing the attention of the public of the right attitude towards on-line piracy and of respecting the copyright law. The end result in these countries is that it generates more opportunity in making further investment in music for all types of exploitation media and of different formats in both physical and online business models. 

The recording industry players including singers, composers, producers, distributors and vendors of legal music have provided IFPI HKG with strong support in the fight against on-line piracy.

IFPI (HKG) Ltd 15th November, 2005 

Hong Kong Music Legal Download Site:

- Eolasia (http://www.eolasia.com/)

- iMusic (http://imusic.i-cable.com/)

- NWTmusic (http://www.nwtmusic.com/)

- SoundBuzz (http://www.soundbuzz.com.hk/)