IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE
MAGISTRACY APPEAL NO. 144 OF 2005
(ON APPEAL FROM KTCC 7107 OF 2004)
Before: The Honourable Mrs Justice V. Bokhary in Court
Date of Hearing: 15 March 2005
Date of Judgment: 15 March 2005
J U D G M E N T
1. This Appellant appeals against his conviction after trial before D J Dufton, Esq. in the Magistrate’s Court at Kwun Tong on threecharges under the Copyright Ordinance, Chapter 528.
2. Charge one was of possession for the purpose of trade or business of infringing copies of copyright works, namely books, with aview to committing acts infringing the copyright without the licence of the copyright owners. Charge two was of making for saleor hire infringing copies of those copyright works without the licence of the copyright owners. Charge three was of possession ofan article, namely a photocopying machine, knowing that it was being used to make those infringing copies for the purpose of business.
3. These charges were all based on the allegation, which the Magistrate found proved beyond reasonable doubt, that the Appellant wasactively operating a business in which books were photocopied and the photocopies were sold, all of this being done well knowingthat the copyright in the books were being infringed.
4. There was evidence on which the Magistrate could find that allegation proved beyond reasonable doubt, and there is nothing to suggestthat he erred in how he went about finding is so proved.
5. That being so, I see no basis on which these convictions can be disturbed. Accordingly the appeal is dismissed.
Mr Isaac Tam, SGC of Department of Justice, for the Respondent
Appellant in Person