Copyright Ordinance of 2001 & Its Effect on Hong Kong Laws

Copyright law becomes automatic when the work is created. However the Copyright Ordinance of 2001 was proposed with the goal of criminalizing software piracy for businesses. This type of piracy has affected the interests of the copyright holders and stifled innovation.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are practical guidelines to avoid violating this ordinance?
What if a person does not know or have a reasonable belief that the goods are pirated?
Will the use of "freeware" or "share-ware" that has been downloaded from the Internet constitute copyright infringement?
How can I tell whether computer software purchased from the Internet is pirated or legitimate?

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