Monday, 21 July 2014

WHY HONG KONG'S COPYRIGHT (AMENDMENT) BILL 2014 IS RIGHT TO REJECT A GENERAL EXCEPTION FOR UGC

It has taken Hong Kong more than 8 years to come up with the Copyright Amendment Bill 2014, one that paves way for Hong Kong to catching up with international norms for improving the internet and the online environment for driving a sustainable copyright based economy.  In this round, the Bill proposed to add the exception for parodical use of copyright but not to include a general copyright exception for User-Generated Content (UGC) while such was raised by certain interest groups.
 
The leading international authority Dr. Mihály Ficsor – the former Assistant Director (Copyright) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) who takes interest on the UGC topic published on his blog a commentary that de-mystifies the UGC issues and pointed out why Hong Kong is right to reject the general UGC exception; Hong Kong should follow the judicious European approach as covered under the recent draft EC White Paper.
 
The useful links: The article of Dr Mihály Ficsor

                           The summary from Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBBA)