Kick off Publishing 3.0 to Develop a Smart e-Book Hub for New Era in Local Publishing

The publishing industry is taking a leap forward in digitalisation and intellectualisation, as multimodel reading has been becoming more popular in recent years in particular amid the Covid-19 pandemic. With the support of the Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM) and sponsored by the Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the Hong Kong Publishing Federation (HKPF) ogranises the “Publishing 3.0 – HK Smart e-Book Hub Scheme” (Publishing 3.0) to assist local publishers speeding up their digital transformation. The launch ceremony of Publishing 3.0 was held today to officially call for entries of local publications with a view to establishing the Hong Kong Smart e-Book Hub.

To promote the widespread application of new technologies amongst local publishers, in particular the use of artificial intelligence (AI), Publishing 3.0 seeks to explore and maximise business opportunities in the new era of local publishing and further develop Hong Kong into a regional copyright hub of e-books and audiobooks.

The launch ceremony of Publishing 3.0 held today (21 July) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre was officiated by Mr. Kevin YEUNG Yun-hung, Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, together with representative of the organiser, Dr. Elvin LEE Ka-kui, Chairman of the HKPF; sponsor, Mr. Victor TSANG Chiu-hok, Head of CreateHK; and supporting organisation,Ir. Dr. Alan LAM Hiu-fung, Chairman of the LSCM.

In his remarks, Mr. Kevin YEUNG Yun-hung, expressed his appreciation to the HKPF for organising Publishing 3.0, and thanked the LSCM for developing a platform that would enable AI-empowered smart e-book features for e-publishing for the project.

Dr. Elvin LEE Ka-kui, who is also the Chairman of the organising committee of Publishing 3.0 (organising committee), expected the project to infuse a new driving force into local publishing industry. “We hope to see a diverse, intellectualised, creative publishing scene and help our publishers expand their market in Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas.”

Publishing 3.0 echoes the HKSAR Government’s initative advocating Art Tech and signifies the perfect integration of technology and creative ideas in local publishing. In addition, Publishing 3.0 will facilitate the set up of a Hong Kong Smart e-Book Hub. Local publishers may use the AI-empowered smart e-book features for e-publishing to convert their Chinese paper publications into Chinese e-books. Furthermore, through the AI system developed by the LSCM, the Chinese e-books can be machine translated into English e-books, while with the application of the Text to Speech technology to be further converted into audiobooks in Cantonese, Putonghua and English.

By encouraging publishers and aspiring writers to utilise this conversion tool to expand their Chinese publications into Chinese and English e-books as well as trilingual audiobooks themselves, Publishing 3.0 can help lower the cost while facilitating Hong Kong publications to explore markets for cultural exchanges.

Mr. POON Chi-wei, Executive Co-Chairman of the organising committee, anticipated that Publishing 3.0 could be a successful case of Hong Kong in combining publishing and technologies. “It will help Hong Kong secure our leading position in Chinese publication and make our creative industries more well-known in the global arena”, he said.

Another Executive Co-Chairman of the organising committee cum Chairman of the Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society (HKRRLS), Dr. Sharon Wong Yin-yue, thanked the HKPF for appointing the HKRRLS as the implementation organisation to manage the implementation and promotion of Publishing 3.0. With the formal launch of the project, the HKPF will call for entries of local publications to develop the “HK Smart e-Book Hub”, which will be promoted via various activities locally and internationally. These activities include “Soaring Creativity – Hong Kong Pavilion”* in Mainland and overseas bookfairs, announcement on World Book Day 2023 of the e-Book Hub’s launch, official launch with seminarand exhibition of the e-Book Hub at Hong Kong Book Fair 2023, as well as sharing sessions to be held in a number of large-scale events, etc.More details about Publishing 3.0 will be uploaded to its official website in due course. For more information, please contact the HKRRLS by telephone at 2516 6268 or email: info@hkrrls.org.hk

*“Soaring Creativity – Hong Kong Pavilion” is sponsored by CreateHK of the HKSAR Government.

About Hong Kong Publishing Federation

Hong Kong Publishing Federation founded in 1994. It is the most representative trade organisation of the publishing industry in Hong Kong. Permanent Directors of Federation are Hong Kong Book and Stationery Industry Association Company Limited, The Hong Kong Association of Professional Education Publishing Limited, Educational Booksellers’ Association Limited, Hong Kong Book & Magazine Trade Association Limited, The Hong Kong Publishing Professionals Society Limited and Sino Unite Publishing (Holdings) Limited.

The Hong Kong Publishing Federation aims to promote the development of Hong Kong’s creative publishing industry, strengthen industry cohesion, protect industry interests, and foster industry cooperation with its counterparts on the Mainland, Taiwan, Macau and overseas. Hong Kong Publishing Federation is the organiser of the “Publishing 3.0 – HK Smart e-Book Hub” Scheme.

About Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society (HKRRLS)

Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society was established in 1995 by Hong Kong authors and publishers. It is one of the six licensing bodies registered with the Copyright Licensing Bodies Registry in Hong Kong, granting licences to the public, including but not limited to primary and secondary schools, tertiary institutions, various government departments, public institutions, commercial organisations, associations, libraries, photocopying shops, to use the copyrighted works of its represented authors and publishers. It represents millions of publications published in Hong Kong and overseas, via its affiliation with the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations. HKRRLS aims to protect the intellectual property rights of its represented authors and publishers and to raise public awareness of copyright and collective management organisations. The “Publishing 3.0 – HK Smart e-Book Hub” Scheme is managed by Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society.

About CreateHK

Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) is a dedicated office set up by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) in June 2009 to spearhead the development of creative industries in Hong Kong. From 1 July 2022 onwards, it is under the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau. Its strategic foci are nurturing talent and facilitating start-ups, exploring markets, and promoting Hong Kong as Asia’s creative capital and fostering a creative atmosphere in the community.CreateHK sponsors the Hong Kong Publishing Federation to organise various projects, including “Publishing 3.0 – HK Smart e-Book Hub Promotion Scheme”, “The Next Writer Publication Funding Scheme” and “Soaring Creativity – Hong Kong Pavilion”, among others, to promote the sustainable development of Hong Kong’s publishing sector.

About the Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM)

Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM) was founded in 2006 with funding from the Innovation and Technology Fund of the HKSAR Government. The Centre is hosted by three leading universities in Hong Kong, namely the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. It aims to strengthen the local logistics sector and related industries by providing a one-stop resource for applied research and technology transfer, and to reinforce cooperation between the industry and research institutes, to bring about meaningful and significant benefits to the industry and the community. LSCM is the supporting organisation of The “Publishing 3.0 – HK Smart e-Book Hub” Scheme. Please visit LCSM’s website (https://www.lscm.hk/eng/) for more information.

Disclaimer: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organisers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.

Marrakesh Treaty applies to HK

     The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh Treaty) entered into force in China today (May 5), which also applies to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

     A spokesman for the Intellectual Property Department said, “The application of the Marrakesh Treaty to the HKSAR formalises the application of the international standards to the HKSAR, enabling persons with a print disability to enjoy better access to accessible copies of copyright works. It demonstrates and reaffirms our commitment to upholding such international standards for the benefit of the print-disabled population.”

The copyright legislation of the HKSAR is fully in compliance with the standards under the Marrakesh Treaty following the commencement of the Copyright (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 on June 26, 2020, which enhanced the copyright exceptions for persons with a print disability.

The Marrakesh Treaty is an international agreement administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Its main goal is to facilitate and enhance access to copyright works in accessible formats for persons with a print disability. As at March 31, 2022, there were 88 contracting parties to the Treaty.

Details of the Marrakesh Treaty are available at the WIPO’s website (www.wipo.int/marrakesh_treaty/en/).

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人間最美四月天,迎來「4.23 香港全民閱讀日」

聯合國教科文組織(UNESCO)訂定 4 月 23 日為世界閱讀日,為提升香港文化素質,香港出版總會今年倡議將 4 月 23 日世界閱讀日訂為「香港全民閱讀日」,向社會大眾展示閱讀的意義和價值,當天將首辦「悅讀 12 小時」線上活動。活動已獲得近 300 名人士答允為共同發起人,不同界別團體如學校、家教會、出版界、教育界等超過 80 家機構支持,足證「香港全民閱讀日」倡議備受各界認同。

香港出版總會名譽會長,體育、演藝、文化及出版界立法會議員霍啟剛指,今次發起的香港全民閱讀日旨在讓更多人能體驗和享受閱讀的樂趣,特別是在疫情之下,市民居家時光更多,和文字交朋友,能讓心靈的窗戶打開。他續指,國家非常重視「全民閱讀」,今年兩會總理的政府工作報告再次提出「深入推進全民閱讀」,是連續九次將「全民閱讀」寫入政府工作報告,可見閱讀的意義不僅是個人的充實,更是一個城市、國家、民族的文明程度、文化氛圍、智慧傳承。

是次活動在一周之内已得到各界的熱烈迥響,香港出版總會會長李家駒表示衷心感謝,證明香港全民閱讀日也是受到廣泛支持。他表示,很多國家和地區都設有「閱讀月」「閱讀日」,香港亦不應落後,故此提出四個倡議。第一,倡議香港應有「香港全民閱讀日」,希望港人每年裏都能閱讀至少一本書;第二,倡議家長多鼓勵小朋友閱讀,與他們一起伴讀,養成習慣;第三,倡議學校能製造更好的閱讀環境和氣氛;第四,倡議政府給更多資源讓香港成爲書香城市。

自小受媽媽栽培和鼓勵下養成閱讀興趣,家庭發展基金總幹事、作家羅乃萱認為讓孩子喜愛閱讀的竅門,在於家長本身也愛書,掀閱好書時的一份喜悅感,能影響孩子們愛上書。培養幼兒閱讀習慣,最重要是有實體書,翻書、摸書,與書建立親密的關係。當與孩子在一起講故事的時候,放下手機,專注享受當下,孩子的想象力無窮,他們的答案甚至會令大人驚訝。

學校也是推動閱讀的極美土壤,香港青年協會李兆基小學校長謝煒珞表示,該校著力培養學生每日閱讀習慣,包括在校舍營造舒服的閱讀環境,方便他們隨時隨地可以拿到圖書;釋放學生做功課的時間,讓他們安心閱讀;打造閱讀遊樂園或嘉年華會,讓學生投入在書本情節中,交流互動;同時舉辦家長閱讀工作坊,發借書證給家長,培養親子閱讀的樂趣。

演藝人陳倩揚表示,閱讀與身心健康關係密切,沉溺進書本中,無論有多不開心,多煩惱,隨著那一行一行一頁一頁的文字,都能找到一個喘息的空間。她建議家長們多參考不同繪本,對如何教育孩子、與孩子溝通都會有所得益。

為隆重其事,4 月 23 日(星期六)「香港全民閱讀日網上起動禮」於早上 11 時 30 分在線上舉行,約中午 12 時即推出「悅讀 12 小時」網上活動,匯集近 100 場閱讀活動,節目內容涵蓋「兒童及青少年」、「中國故事」、「香港故事」、「生活實用」,以及「語言、教育與文化」等,供市民免費參加。與此同時,並有專人設題的「閱讀達人」網上問答比賽,以及名人作家推介圖書的「自家慢讀」分享。以上各項活動,可到「香港全民閱讀日」面書專頁(https://m.facebook.com/cityreadingday.hk)瀏覽,歡迎市民關注和參加。

把握《十四五規劃綱要》帶來的機遇 :「解構知識產權和商標應用」講座

國家的《十四五規劃綱要》當中提出支持香港建設區域知識產權貿易中心,同時為粵港澳大灣區優化營商環境,反映了國家對本港知識產權維護及商品化發展的重視。
既然知識產權是那麼重要,知識產權有甚麼種類?對企業有何重要?商標註冊是如何運作?香港的版權和專利制度又是甚樣的?有甚麼支援措施?

香港書刊版權授權協會聯同印刷媒體專業人員協會於2021年10月25日舉辦了把握《十四五規劃綱要》帶來的機遇 :「解構知識產權和商標應用」講座,活動榮獲知識產權署支持,知識產權署署長黃福來先生率知識產權署律師李卓恩女士為業界會員加強知識產權和商標應用的認知,以配合國家《十四五規劃綱要》,積極參與打造香港成為區域知識產權貿易中心。

知識產權署於黃署長帶領下,多年來一直不遺餘力地透過教育推廣工作及舉辦各種活動,加強公眾人士對保護知識產權的意識。知識產權署亦非常支持版權協會舉辦多個大型全港校際尊重版權活動,培養本港學生自小懂得尊重知識產權,關注尊重版權的重要性。講座主講者知識產權署律師李卓恩女士經驗豐富,負責監督商標申請及註冊事宜,以及就制訂商標註冊法例和政策,向商務及經濟發展局提供法律及政策意見。

是次活動反應踴躍,參加者亦積極提問,版權協會將與知識產權署保持合作,為會員提供更多知識產權相關培訓。

2020/21 全港校際尊重版權創作比賽頒獎暨閉幕典禮精華片段!

香港書刊版權授權協會為了培養本港學生自小懂得尊重知識產權,在上年12月中展開了全港大型校際「尊重版權」創作比賽。這次的比賽分為五個組別:「幼稚園組」、「小學組(初小)」、「小學組(高小)」、「中學組(初中)」及「中學(高中)及大專組」,各個組別都設有獨立的比賽主題,讓各類別的參賽者可以盡展所長。比賽當中的最大意義就是讓學生們啓發創意思維,親身創作,關注尊重版權的重要性。

2020/21 全港校際尊重版權創作比賽頒獎暨閉幕典禮已於2021年6月26日於愉景新城順利舉行。一齊重溫下當日嘅活動相片及精彩片段啦~

中學(高中)及大專組15秒網上短片製作比賽得獎作品重溫:
金獎 – Yip Hiu Ming 香港大學

 

銀獎 – 陳俊頴 聖公會基孝中學

銀獎 – 譚恩愉 匯基書院(東九龍)

銅獎 – 陳巧盈 中華基督教會全完中學

銅獎 – Siu Hiu Lam 香港公開大學

銅獎 – Law Chun Kit 香港理工大學

優異獎 – 羅嘉寶 香港恒生大學

優異獎 – 徐頌昕 德望學校

優異獎 – 馮穎桐 德望學校

優異獎 – Phoenix Ng 德望學校

優異獎 – 張潔寧 金巴崙長老會耀道中學

優異獎 – 陳樂婷 德蘭中學

優異獎 – 何卓函 瑪利諾修院學校(中學部)

異獎 – 賴雪婷 基督書院

優異獎 – Lo Ho Wang 香港知專設計學院

優異獎 – 黎棹盈 香港公開大學

最受歡迎大獎 – 馬紲雅 將軍澳 – 青年學院

2020/2021「尊重版權」創作比賽頒獎暨閉幕典禮

全港學生疫情下發揮無窮創意 參賽佳作近六千份
「版權之星」  小塵埃宣揚尊重版權訊息

[ 20216 26 日,香港 ] 香港書刊版權授權協會(簡稱「版權協會」)為了培養本港學生自小懂得尊重知識產權,在上年12月中展開了全港大型校際「尊重版權」創作比賽。這次的比賽分為五個組別:「幼稚園組」、「小學組(初小)」、「小學組(高小)」、「中學組(初中)」及「中學(高中)及大專組」,各個組別都設有獨立的比賽主題,讓各類別的參賽者可以盡展所長。比賽當中的最大意義就是讓學生們啓發創意思維,親身創作,關注尊重版權的重要性。

今屆「版權之星」分別是小塵埃及林家謙,其中小塵埃亦現身支持是次活動的閉幕典禮,一同傳揚尊重版權之精神,更以歌聲祝賀得獎學生。身為一名唱作組合,小塵埃表示非常榮幸能成為本屆的「版權之星」,並呼籲在場學生們尊重版權,保護創作人的心血。又提醒參賽學生不論成敗與否,最重要的是明白比賽活動背後意義。

「版權之星」小塵埃
「版權之星」小塵埃

本屆「尊重版權」創作比賽雖然遇上疫情,但反應同樣非常熱烈,有近六千名學生踴躍參與。為表揚各參賽者的努力,大會今天於荃灣愉景新城舉行頒獎暨閉幕典禮,與市民一同分享參賽者的成果。主辦機構代表香港書刊版權授權協會主席黃燕如博士及版權教育委員會召集人鄧永雄先生連同一眾嘉賓出席支持,包括協辦機構代表及主禮嘉賓香港特別行政區政府知識產權署署長黃福來先生香港特別行政區政府香港海關助理關長(情報及調查)陳子達先生教育局課程發展主任關凱政先生、香港出版總會名譽會長霍啟剛先生以及「版權之星」小塵埃,鼓勵各界人士支持原創,尊重版權。

主禮嘉賓香港特別行政區政府知識產權署署長黃福來先生,香港書刊版權授權協會主席黃燕如博士及香港特別行政區政府香港海關助理關長(情報及調查)陳子達先生
主禮嘉賓香港特別行政區政府知識產權署署長黃福來先生,香港書刊版權授權協會主席黃燕如博士及香港特別行政區政府香港海關助理關長(情報及調查)陳子達先生

香港書刊版權授權協會主席黃燕如博士致辭時表示:「本會自成立以來一直致力推廣尊重版權的訊息,過去曾舉辦過不少校際比賽。我們希望尊重版權的觀念能夠廣泛宣揚至全港。雖然今屆比賽不幸遇上疫情,但仍然無阻學生創作的心,反應依然非常熱烈,參賽者圍繞主題創作的作品水準極高,充分展現同學們創意無限,亦可見同學們都是盡心盡力支持是次活動,以及明白尊重版權的重要性。希望日後更多人了解尊重版權的意義,讓香港成為具原創力的城市。」

「尊重版權」創作比賽為本年度的大型全港校際活動,今年共設5個組別:「幼稚園組」、「小學組(初小)」、「小學組(高小)」、「中學組(初中)」及「中學(高中)及大專組」,一共頒發了85個獎項包括個人金、銀、銅、優異獎,最受歡迎大獎及積極學校參與大獎。本屆以親子海報填色創作、網頁海報填色創作、網頁海報設計創作、WhatsApp 貼圖設計創作比賽及15秒網上短片製作比賽為比賽項目,讓學生發揮豐富的想像力及展現創作才華,以個人風格推廣尊重版權訊息。

【比賽結果公佈】
感謝各同學及家長的踴躍支持和參與「2020/21 全港校際尊重版權創作比賽」。經過嚴謹的評審後,各組別的比賽結果已得出,得奬名單已在比賽網站(https://hkrrls202021.ievent.hk/p/badge) 公佈。

 

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• Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department: https://www.customs.gov.hk/tc/home/index.html

• The Narcotics Division (ND) of the Security Bureau: https://www.nd.gov.hk/tc/

• Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department Crime Report: https://www.customs.gov.hk/tc/contact_us/enforcement/index.html

Pilot Programme for the Promotion of Local Publications and Reading Culture Notice of Programme Fee Allocation

The ‘Pilot Programme for the Promotion of Local Publications and Reading Culture’ (hereinafter referred to as the “Pilot Programme”) aims to support local authors and publications and to encourage the development and utilization of electronic platforms by the local publishing sector, as well as promote a quality reading culture in Hong Kong.

The Pilot Programme includes the launch of a new local book data database, providing digitized images of book cover, summaries/annotations and other such materials on locally published titles in the collection of the Hong Kong Public Libraries, and to link it to the online catalogue of the Hong Kong Public Libraries in order to display more comprehensive and detailed bibliographic information for the convenience of readers accessing library collections. The corresponding database and webpage were launched in April 2020, listing selected locally published titles. The Pilot Programme also provides promotional materials for local authors and publications, so that the library can promote meaningful reading recommendations, as well as supports the engagement of local authors to participate in major library promotion events as part of enhancing the reading culture.

The Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society acts as the executive agency for the Pilot Programme. Through its collaboration with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, it is hoped that the publishing sector can deliver more of the bibliographic and promotional materials that will encourage members of the public to read more locally published books and enjoy a wider range of library services. So far, publishers participating in the Pilot Programme have provided some 67,000 bibliographic materials in the local book data database for readers’ reference.

The Pilot Programme will last for three years, from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2023, with funding from the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Publishing organisations only need to provide bibliographic information for titles published in Hong Kong that are included in the collection of the Hong Kong Public Libraries, and every year during the period they can receive Programme Fee on a per title basis through the Programme.

According to the current distribution scheme, the fee amount/allocation will be divided into two categories according to public library loan rate in the year. Taking 2020 as an example, Category A: for more popular titles with annual loan tier record ranked 1st to 20,000th, HKD $190 per title per year. Category B: for less popular titles with annual loan tier record ranked 20,001st and after, HKD $50 per title per year.  For each title, the payment share between the publishing organisation and the author is 50:50. Participating publishing organisations are responsible for distributing the Programme Fee received to the concerned authors.

Notice is hereby given that the initial allocation has already been issued to the participating publishing organisations. If any authors who have not received the corresponding Programme Fee, they should check the matter with their publishers at any time between the date of this announcement and August 30, 2021.

Publishing organisations that have not yet participated in the project are welcome to support the Pilot Programme to promote a quality reading culture in Hong Kong. For further details of the Pilot Programme, please visit www.hkrrls.org.hk, call 25166268, or email info@hkrrls.org.hk for enquiries.

The Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society

Hong Kong Customs detects largest case of selling infringing electronic question banks on record

Hong Kong Customs conducted an operation on April 8 to combat the online sale of infringing electronic question banks for primary schools. During the operation, five persons were arrested and a batch of items suspected to be involved in the cases was seized, including over 59 000 electronic files of suspected infringing question banks for primary schools. This is the largest on record among similar cases detected by Customs in terms of the quantity of files being seized.

Customs earlier received complaints from copyright owners alleging that suspected infringing question banks for primary schools were put on sale through online platforms. Through a big data analytics system, Customs officers conducted detection and analysis, and targeted a number of online pages on social media for investigation.

After an in-depth investigation, and with the assistance of copyright owners, Customs officers took enforcement action on April 8 and raided four residential premises in Sai Ying Pun, Shatin, Fanling and Tseung Kwan O as well as a tutorial centre in Sai Ying Pun. A batch of electronic files of suspected infringing question banks was seized with the subjects involved being Chinese, English, Mathematics and General Studies. Customs also seized a batch of items suspected to be connected with the cases, including five sets of computers, four tablet computers, a batch of USB flash drives, seven mobile phones and a batch of suspected infringing teaching materials.

During the operation, one man and four women, aged between 39 and 55, were arrested.

An investigation is ongoing.

The Group Head (Intellectual Property Investigation (Operations)) of Customs, Ms Wong Wai-chuen, today (April 13) appealed to members of the public at a press conference to respect intellectual property rights and to refuse purchasing infringing electronic question banks.

Customs also reminds the public not to sell or distribute infringing articles publicly. Under the Copyright Ordinance, without the licence of the copyright owner, any person who sells or possesses for sale any infringing article, or distributes an infringing article, otherwise than for the purpose of or in the course of any trade or business for profit or reward, to such an extent as to affect prejudicially the copyright owner, commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a term of imprisonment for four years and a fine of $50,000 per infringing copy.

Members of the public may report any suspected infringing activities to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Ends/Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Issued at HKT 15:15
© The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. All Rights Reserved. ” GovHK (www.gov.hk)” as the source of the above contents;

Hong Kong Customs detects largest case of selling infringing electronic question banks on record

Hong Kong Customs conducted an operation on April 8 to combat the online sale of infringing electronic question banks for primary schools. During the operation, five persons were arrested and a batch of items suspected to be involved in the cases was seized, including over 59 000 electronic files of suspected infringing question banks for primary schools. This is the largest on record among similar cases detected by Customs in terms of the quantity of files being seized.

Customs earlier received complaints from copyright owners alleging that suspected infringing question banks for primary schools were put on sale through online platforms. Through a big data analytics system, Customs officers conducted detection and analysis, and targeted a number of online pages on social media for investigation.

After an in-depth investigation, and with the assistance of copyright owners, Customs officers took enforcement action on April 8 and raided four residential premises in Sai Ying Pun, Shatin, Fanling and Tseung Kwan O as well as a tutorial centre in Sai Ying Pun. A batch of electronic files of suspected infringing question banks was seized with the subjects involved being Chinese, English, Mathematics and General Studies. Customs also seized a batch of items suspected to be connected with the cases, including five sets of computers, four tablet computers, a batch of USB flash drives, seven mobile phones and a batch of suspected infringing teaching materials.

During the operation, one man and four women, aged between 39 and 55, were arrested.

An investigation is ongoing.

The Group Head (Intellectual Property Investigation (Operations)) of Customs, Ms Wong Wai-chuen, today (April 13) appealed to members of the public at a press conference to respect intellectual property rights and to refuse purchasing infringing electronic question banks.

Customs also reminds the public not to sell or distribute infringing articles publicly. Under the Copyright Ordinance, without the licence of the copyright owner, any person who sells or possesses for sale any infringing article, or distributes an infringing article, otherwise than for the purpose of or in the course of any trade or business for profit or reward, to such an extent as to affect prejudicially the copyright owner, commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a term of imprisonment for four years and a fine of $50,000 per infringing copy.

Members of the public may report any suspected infringing activities to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Ends/Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Issued at HKT 15:15
© The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. All Rights Reserved. ” GovHK (www.gov.hk)” as the source of the above contents;