IFPI welcomes Hong Kong High Court decision on ISPs
26 January, 2006
IFPI (Hong Kong Group) is pleased with the court decision for granting the necessary disclosure orders today which represents the first step of our effort in enforcing the digital rights of the recording industry here in Hong Kong.
As we mentioned in our November 15, 2005 press release, Hong Kong has joined 17 other countries in the world to fight against on-line piracy of musical sound/visual recordings by taking legal actions against the on-line copyright infringers for their illegal music files sharing activity. It has now exceeded 20,000 in number of cases against the on-line infringers on the worldwide basis. IFPI (Hong Kong Group) had sent more than 32,000 warning notices to on-line infringers in Hong Kong during the year 2005.
The Record industry has been forced to take this costly action after we fail to bring the attention of the public to respect on-line digital copyright by way of public education and public awareness program.
It is clearly visible that the on-line environment has now become what appears to be a safe haven for rampant copyright infringement as the infringers had perceived that they could hide on-line copyright infringement behind the screen of anonymity which was made possible by the use of websites on the internet.
We will take whatever legal actions against the copyright infringers in order to protect our recording industry and to bring to the attention of the general public that illegal files sharing or downloading of copyrighted materials is against the law of Hong Kong and nobody is invisible under the web.