The law protects creators for their original works such as books, newspapers, computer programmes, photographs, films, sound recordings and broadcasts. The creators hold the exclusive right to use or authorize others to use their work – including its reproduction, public performance and broadcasting. The Copyright Ordinance provides certain limited exemptions to copyright for learning. “Fair dealing” of a work for research or private study, criticism, review, news reporting, or for giving or receiving instruction in a specified course of study provided by an educational establishment is permitted.


Infringement of copyright is a serious offence and may lead to civil remedies or even criminal sanctions. Copyright infringement by CUHK members, such as excessive downloading of electronic content and illegal uploading of copyrighted materials, violates local laws and University licence agreements and will subject the user to University disciplinary action.


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