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Copyright law shouldn't be enforced strictly

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--095082 2012年4月24日 (二) 22:42 (UTC)



The government wants to amend the copyright law. One of the key changes is that one who violates the law may be prosecuted in a criminal way. Geordie Toh, a legal consultant of an internet company, hopes that the law will not be enforced strictly even if it is amended.

Nowadays, many internet users like editing photos or songs for expressing their opinions or for other purposes. For example, one may re-write the lyrics of a published song. The writer may do this in order to criticize the government or simply for fun. This is known as “re-creation”.

However, such creation may be prohibited under the amended copyright law. People who “re-create” a product that is based on another artist’s work may be seen as infringing the copyright of that artist. Moreover, it will be a criminal issue. Some people worry creativity may be strangled.

Once the bill is passed, the government may have the right to prosecute the “re-creation” artists. Solicitor Geordie Toh was not willing to tell whether it was proper to amend the law. But he believed that even so, the government might not win the lawsuit if the copyright holder did not cooperate with the government.

He thought that many of the “re-creation” works were creative and interesting. He was impressed by some of them. He said, “If the law is enforced strictly, I will be disappointed.” But he also thought that if people can use their “re-created” products for business purposes freely, there will be chaos in copyright matters.
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