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The Department adopts a two-pronged enforcement strategy against the supply and retail of pirated and counterfeit goods. On the supply side, the Department focuses its enforcement efforts against illegal activities at the import and export, manufacturing, wholesale and distribution levels. At the retail level, the Department takes repeated and sustained enforcement actions to eradicate street level piracy and counterfeiting activities.

Copyright Infringement

The Department investigates and prosecutes copyright offences relating to literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works, sound recordings, films, broadcasts, cable programmes, and the typographical arrangement of published editions.

Apart from clamping down on pirated optical disc activities at the manufacture, storage, retail and import/export levels, the Department strives to fight against the use of pirated software and copyright works for commercial purposes.

Four Anti-Internet Piracy Teams are established to fight against piracy activities on the Internet. The Computer Forensic Laboratory offers professional assistance in collecting, preserving, analyzing and presenting digital evidence to law court in piracy cases. It has been awarded ISO 9001 on quality management and ISO 27001 on information security.

Trademark Counterfeiting

The Department also takes enforcement actions against commercial goods with forged trademark or false trade descriptions under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, Chapter 362, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) .

Prevention of Copyright Piracy

The Prevention of Copyright Piracy Ordinance, Chapter 544, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) , requires local optical disc and stamper manufacturers to obtain licences from the Department and mark on all their products the specific identification codes. Besides, it is stipulated under the Import and Export Ordinance, Chapter 60, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) that import and export of optical disc mastering and replication equipment are subject to licencing control.

Enforcement Strategy