Friday, March 4, 2016

Hong Kong Government Drops Controversial Copyright Legislation; Variety, 3/3/16

Patrick Frater, Variety; Hong Kong Government Drops Controversial Copyright Legislation:
"The Hong Kong government announced on Friday that it had dropped its long-running attempt to introduce new copyright legislation.
Earlier this week the government said that if it could not get the draft law passed in the Legislative Council — Hong Kong’s mini parliament — that it would withdraw the bill...
Much of the local film and TV industry had expressed support for the copyright amendment bill, arguing that the territory’s legislation was years out of date and allows widespread piracy. Opponents of the bill argued that it endangered freedom of expression and creativity, especially online, that the bill poorly drafted and would be out of date the moment it became law."

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