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Derek Lee: Lending Right Should be Implemented in Hong Kong

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在2014年4月9日 (三) 01:05由115047 (對話 | 貢獻)所做的修訂版本
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reported by Fong Cheuk Ying, 8th April, 2014

Derek Lee, Hong Kong Public Lending Right Alliance (HKPLRA) Convener, said in order to protect the rights of local authors, the HKSAR should pay the copyright tax to local authors according to the lending frequency in Hong Kong Public Libraries.


Lee pointed out sales of books of the local authors decreased due to excessive lending in public libraries. He said as citizens can borrow books in the public libraries, it lowered the intention of buying books.


Lee suggested that the lending frequencies of each local authors’ book should be counted in the public libraries. He said this fits the principle of depending on market demand as more citizens would borrow those good books. Thus the author should gain credit in the form of copyright tax.


Lee pointed out HKPLRA had met LegCo members from different political parties to explain the lending right concept and this draft had been included into LegCo to discuss in coming October.


Lee said the tax will be paid by the HKSAR to the Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society (HKRRLS). Then, HKRRLS would give those money to the publications which will give money to the authors according to the contracts. Lee said “(copyright tax) will not directly affect the expenditure of citizens (who borrow books from public libraries).”


Lee said it is suitable for promoting lending rights in Hong Kong as the public library system is mature enough and citizens are beneficial to this scheme as they can enjoy more varieties of books as more local authors are willing to permit public libraries to lend their books.


HKPLRA was established in 2013 and formed by local publishing industry and authors in order to promote public lending right and thus protecting the intellectual property and ensuring a fair return for Hong Kong publishing industry and writers.--115047 2014年4月8日 (二) 17:05 (UTC)
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