Copyright Amendments in Hong Kong
18 July 2014: Amendments to Hong Kong’s copyright legislation were introduced on 18 June 2014.
The amendments include:
- a new exclusive right to communicate their works through any mode of electronic transmission
- new exceptions for: parody, satire, caricature and pastiche; commenting on current events; quotation; temporary reproduction by Online Service Providers (OSPs); media shifting of sound recordings; educational instruction; libraries, archives and museums
- a statutory “safe harbour” for OSPs
- additional factors for assessing damages
A proposal to introduce an exception for ‘user-generated content’ did not eventuate.
- Hong Kong government introduces Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 (Lexology 16/7/14)
- The Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 (Mondaq 4/7/2014)
- Government to introduce Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 (Hong Kong Government media release 11/6/14)
- Why Hong Kong’s Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 is right to reject a general exception for UGC (Copyright See-Saw 15/7/2014)