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HK Commerce Secretary Calls For More Education To Boost Copyright Protection

by Mary Swire, for LawAndTax-News.com, Hong Kong

10 November 2006


Improved copyright protection lies in education, Hong Kong's Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology, Yvonne Choi stated on Wednesday, adding that attacking suppliers of counterfeit goods without addressing the demand would be an unsustainable policy.

She made the remarks at the opening of a regional workshop organised by the Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department, IP Australia and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.

Ms Choi explained that:

"There was never a time or place where an activity could be eradicated if there was an unlimited market demand for it. This has led us to develop an ongoing and sophisticated public education programme for Hong Kong."

"Our Intellectual Property Department has built a close partnership with rights owners in Hong Kong on the public education front, to cultivate a culture of respect for intellectual property rights in the community."

Promotion has included school-based visits and business-targeted events to Hong Kong-wide campaigns to educate youngsters on Internet piracy.

Miss Choi went on to add, however, that Hong Kong's effective enforcement efforts are backed by a comprehensive legal framework for intellectual property protection.

"We review our legislation to keep it in line with the latest social and technological developments," she told those attending the workshop, which brought together government administrators and officials from 17 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation members, representatives from APEC's Intellectual Property Rights Experts' Group, and experts from local IP-related organisations to share experience, skills, tools and resources in intellectual property protection and promotion.


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