24 March 2019

Six in the dock in HK for peddling illegally copied books

Six directors and staff of a children’s learning institute were arrested in Hong Kong Monday for selling illegally produced copies of kids’ English-learning books, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Customs and Excise Department agents had ascertained that the children’s learning books were being sold at prices 60 percent lower than the regular copyrighted products. Following the discovery, they raided four branches of the learning institute on Monday, confiscating patent-infringing books and printers worth about HK$117,000 (US$15,089).

The raid followed complaints filed by Oxford University Press. The agent who led raid said the learning institute had scanned the books into computer files before printing them out. It was selling a copied book for only HK$25, against the market price of HK$60 for a regular product.

The Customs authority believes the company has been engaging in the illegal practice for about half a year, the report said.

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