HK Customs cracks online sale of infringing computer software

20:50, October 27, 2009      

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Hong Kong Customs Tuesday announced that they arrested an 18-year-old man suspected of selling infringing computer software products on the Internet on Oct. 26.

Divisional Commander of the Customs Kwan Yuk-kwan said at a press conference on Tuesday that the Customs previously received reports concerning the sale of infringing computer software products at local online discussion forum.

After investigation by Customs officers of the Anti-Internet Piracy Team, the suspect was arrested at his residence and two computers were seized on Oct. 26 at an operation.

Kwan reminded youth to respect intellectual property rights and not to take part in any infringing activities.

Any person taking part in online infringing activities will be subject to criminal liability as well as civil litigation, he added.

Under the Copyright Ordinance, any person, without the license of the copyright owner of a copyright work, possesses an infringing copy for commercial purpose, or distributes an infringing copy of the work to such an extent as to affect prejudicially the copyright owner commits a criminal offense.

Maximum penalty for the offense is imprisonment for four years and a fine of 50,000 HK dollars (about 6,458 U.S. dollars) per infringing copy.

Source: Xinhua
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