INTERNATIONAL: HKPRPA petitions for a photocopy copyright review

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong Public Relations Professionals'

Association (HKPRPA) is lobbying the Hong Kong government to review its

amendment to a copyright law which outlaws photocopying of newspaper

articles.



In a statement the PR industry body said the amendment had caused

'serious confusion' in the PR industry and the public at large.



'It is most unfortunate that there is no system in place to administer

the new copyright law when it went into force,' said HKPRPA president

Linda Tsui.



Under the new law, which was implemented on 1 April, photocopying

newspapers without a copyright licence is an offence (PRWeek, 20

April).



The HKPRPA's move has gained wider support among politicians and the

industry, including Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun, who

represents the General Chamber of Commerce in the legislature.



Tsui urged the Government to consult the PR industry and other related

industries for ways to resolve the issue.



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