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CITB statement on public display of copyrighted works

In response to media enquiries about the legal action of Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and Hong Kong Cable Television Limited against some pubs for showing in public World Cup 2006 matches carried by foreign satellite television services not licensed in Hong Kong, the Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau made the following statement today (July 21):

"The Government welcomes copyright owners taking civil action against those who have infringed their copyright by showing the copyrighted work in public.

"Section 27(3) of the Copyright Ordinance (Cap. 528) stipulates that the playing or showing of a sound recording, film, broadcast or cable programme is an act restricted by the copyright in the work and is liable to civil action by copyright owners.

"At the same time, we will consider what can be done to further facilitate copyright owners in their civil action.

"In addition, according to the Broadcasting Ordinance (Cap. 562), a person who, in the course of trade or business, imports, exports or supplies any decoder for receiving foreign satellite pay television services not licensed in Hong Kong contravenes section 7(1) of the Ordinance. The maximum penalty is a fine of $1 million and imprisonment for five years. The Customs and Office of the Telecommunications Authority are continuously taking appropriate law enforcement actions and have successfully intercepted such decoders at border checkpoints.

"We will continue to enforce the Broadcasting Ordinance to control the supply of such decoders at the upstream level."

Friday, July 21, 2006