Written by: Zhu Xixin
2020-01-21 15:02Last updated: 2020-01-21 15:02
The chain of karaoke "Neway" has filed a lawsuit with the Hong Kong Karaoke Copyright Alliance Limited (HKKLA) over the charge for karaoke music clips. The Copyright Tribunal ruled in December last year that the edition alliance's fee plan was reasonable. "Neway" was dissatisfied with the ruling, and entered the High Court today (21st), demanding that it be overturned.
The plaintiff was Neway Music Limited and the defendant was Hong Kong Karaoke Copyright Alliance Limited (HKKLA).
The plaintiff filed a complaint stating that multiple rulings of the Copyright Tribunal last year were incorrect. For example, the Copyright Tribunal considers that the charging scheme involved is not a "two-tiered approach". However, the plaintiff considers the plan to be "two-tiered", and large karaoke companies in the plan are subsidizing small karaoke companies, which violates the Copyright Ordinance.
The plaintiff requested a court order to revoke the ruling of the Copyright Tribunal and ruled that the charging scheme involved was unreasonable.
Case number: HCMP89 / 2020
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