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Keeping you up to speed

The development of new technologies has posed challenges for companies with valuable copyright requiring innovative thinking.

Challenges posed by the internet, file sharing and digital copying have transformed the copyright field in recent years, and the area continues to evolve rapidly. In this new environment, it has become harder to effectively protect and police infringing use of copyrighted material.

Deacons has kept pace with both the legal developments and the new technologies prompting them, including acting for clients in lobbying the Government on the protection of digital copyright and consulting with the Government on issues such as liability of online service providers and changes to the copyright law, so that our clients can benefit from our innovative, tailor-made solutions in this complex and fast-moving area.

Deacons’ copyright practice has been ranked in tier one by independent directory Managing Intellectual Property since 2008. Our lawyers can help you protect your copyright in Hong Kong and China and advise on all aspects of copyright subsistence and protection. We provide strategic advice on maximising your return on IP assets and can represent you in litigation and enforcement actions concerning copyright infringements. Recent examples of our work include: 

  • Advising a major entertainment industry trade association on the standing of broadcasters, ISPs and online content providers to take copyright infringement action in Hong Kong and China;
  • Advising a major internet content provider on developing a music website in Hong Kong involving complex copyright issues;
  • Advising a major Japanese telecoms provider on copyright issues arising from setting up a search engine business in Hong Kong;
  • Advising a major leisure shoe manufacturer in relation to music licences with CASH / PPSEAL / HKRIA;
  • Advising a Hong Kong-based film company in relation to a movie copyright dispute;
  • Advising an international marketing and communications group in relation to copyright issues arising from various advertising campaigns including innovative social media campaigns;
  • Representing the Hong Kong subsidiary of an international listed company in copyright infringement and breach of confidence proceedings against two of its employees;
  • Advising a major US film studio in relation to movie copyright clearance in China;
  • Advising a world leader in security solutions on software copyright infringement in China.

Please take a look at our intellectual property pages for more on the range of work we undertake. And if you would like more information on how we could help you, please feel free to get in touch. 

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