Copyright Amendments in Hong Kong

July 18, 2014 | Digital Publishing and Innovation

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.

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