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    Opposition to `internet Article 23' gathers steam - The Standard
    More than 50,000 netizens have signed a petition opposing the copyright amendment bill dubbed "internet Article 23" ahead of its second reading at the Legislative Council next Wednesday.

    This comes as 23 groups including Scholarism and Umbrella groups Progressive Lawyers Group and Youngspiration said they would attend a gathering tomorrow to oppose the bill.

    Initiated by the Copyrights and Derivative Works Alliance and Keyboard Frontline, the petition calls for the government to broaden copyright exemptions to all user- generated content instead of limiting them to parody, satire, caricature, pastiche and commenting on current affairs.

    It pressed pan-democratic lawmakers to veto the amendment if the government refused to adopt the recommendation.

    Under the proposed bill, some types of fan works may not be exempted from prosecution by copyright owners, according to the two groups.

    They include musicians who upload their singing or playing of a copyrighted song, or illustrators who draw doujinshi or amateur manga publications based on published comics.

    The two groups have advocated for Hong Kong to follow the Canadian model of exempting user-generated content, but this was rejected by the government.

    Glacier Kwong Chung-ching, spokeswoman of Keyboard Frontline, agreed the current law needs an update.

    But she said: "Unless the government exempts all user- generated content, lawmakers should veto the amendment."

    The government introduced the copyright amendment bill into Legco in 2011 to update the law in line with technological advancement, but it eventually lapsed due to lack of protection for parody.

    A new amendment bill was introduced last year which included more exemptions.

    One controversial point in the bill is the introduction of criminal sanctions against those who profit from copyright infringement or "prejudicially" affect the copyright owners.

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    https://t.co/lxwQeHaUk8
    It is very likely that our judiciary will be their next target, and soon Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying could be using his “superior status” to interfere in the nomination procedure of our judges, to get his claws into Hong Kong’s judicial branch, the final stronghold of our freedom.
    As the whole of China is shrouded in heavy leftist smog and the core values of Hong Kong are under serious threat, it seems we have no choice but to rise up and defend our freedom and rule of law, even if it costs us our lives.
    Last edited by threesummers; 04-12-2015 at 05:06 AM.

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    Hong Kong’s press freedom under threat - The Globe and Mail
    . . . He believes that the new battlefield for press freedom will be cyberspace, including online media.

    But Mr. Qiu is more positive on the future of Hong Kong’s online media. The startup scene of online media is proliferating; a number of outlets were launched in the wake of the Occupy Central demonstrations. “More encroachment on press freedom will have the reverse effect of strengthening solidarity among [Hong Kong’s] people to safeguard their freedom, especially online and at critical moments of social change,” says Mr. Qiu.

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    Joshua Wong interview with Global Journalist (RJI, Missouri School of Journalism)

    https://youtu.be/Ar7zxw-u0SA


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