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World Cup | Customs cracked down on infringement activities and inspected the market more than 20 times

2022-11-29T12:52:00.980Z

The World Cup is in full swing. In order to crack down on criminals who take the opportunity to carry out infringement activities related to the World Cup, Customs maintains close cooperation with copyright holders and trademark holders during the event to strengthen protection at different levels.



The World Cup is in full swing. In order to crack down on criminals taking the opportunity to carry out infringement activities related to the World Cup, the customs will maintain close cooperation with copyright holders and trademark holders during the event, and strengthen inspections and law enforcement actions at different levels. Customs officers Use the big data system to conduct online inspections to crack down on infringement activities that circumvent premium TV channels, and conduct comprehensive inspections in all districts of Hong Kong to curb any form of infringement activities. As of today (29th), the customs has conducted more than 20 market inspections , including joint inspections with copyright holders, which will continue.


Customs reminds business people not to participate in circumvention activities. Selling circumvention devices or providing circumvention services is a serious crime. Citizens should also respect intellectual property rights and do not buy any circumvention devices. Unknown websites linked to circumvention devices may contain computer viruses or Malicious programs bring risks to users. At the same time, people who sell items in stores or online are reminded not to sell counterfeit items. They should also be careful when purchasing items. Selling counterfeit items is a serious crime and they must bear criminal responsibility.

In addition, consumers should also patronize reputable shops or websites. If in doubt, they should first check with the relevant trademark holder or its agent to avoid buying counterfeit goods.

According to the Copyright Ordinance, it is unlawful for any person to sell or rent devices for any purpose or in the course of circumventing business, or to provide services that enable persons to circumvent effective technological measures applied to copyright works , upon conviction, the maximum penalty is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for 4 years.

In addition, according to the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, anyone who imports, exports, sells or possesses counterfeit goods for the purpose of sale is guilty of an offense. Upon conviction, the maximum penalty is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for 5 years.

Customs reminds members of the public to report suspected infringement or counterfeit activities to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182, or through the dedicated crime reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Source: hk1

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