In general, copyright is the right given to the owner of an original work. It is an automatic right which arises when a work is created. Unlike other intellectual property rights, such as patents, trademarks and industrial designs, it is not necessary to register a copyright in Hong Kong. The University respects copyright and other intellectual property rights as enforced in Hong Kong and urges its staff and students to comply with the copyright laws as far as possible.
The Library’s collections (both electronic and print) are protected by copyright. Any person who wants to do an act restricted by copyright in a work will need to obtain permission from the owner. Otherwise, his act will be a copyright infringing act attracting civil and in some cases criminal liability.
To avoid infringing the copyright laws in Hong Kong, some useful information on copyright and intellectual property issues and its various implications in teaching, learning, and research and the library support for copyright are provided below.
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