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Reform of the Law Relating to Copyright
(HKLRC Report)

The Commission's 1994 report was the result of a comprehensive review of the law of copyright to bring it up to date and to reflect internationally recognised standards. Hong Kong's law was largely based on the United Kingdom Copyright Act 1956 and was inadequate to deal with recent technological developments. Among changes proposed were the introduction of a scheme of statutory control for collecting societies, the establishment of a new Copyright Tribunal and creation of a right to copy a reasonable proportion of a printed work.

The Copyright Ordinance, enacted in 1997, reflected the Commission's proposals.

Press Release (PDF) (MS Word)
Executive Summary (PDF) (MS Word)
Report (PDF) (MS Word)

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