Several newsstands in Kwun Tong and Tsim Sha Tsui were found to be selling pirated versions of the popular coloring book Secret Garden.
The knockoffs, printed in simplified Chinese, sells for HK$25-69 each, or up to 70 percent cheaper than the original, which fetches HK$93 per copy, Apple Daily reported on Thursday.
A newsstand owner told the newspaper she started selling the books in late July, while her husband admitted that they are pirated versions, otherwise they wouldn’t be so cheap.
A reporter compared the copycat versions with the original ones sold at a Joint Publishing (HK) bookstore, and found no big difference.
However, the quality of the paper used for the knockoffs is much poorer, according to the reporter, who found the pages thinner and yellower.
A student surnamed Choi said a Secret Garden book he bought from a newsstand in Kwun Tong was apparently second-hand because one of the pages had been colored.
Customs officials said they will launch an investigation should they receive complaints, or ask representatives of the copyright owner to join them in an inspection of the newsstands.
Those found to have violated the copyright law could face a jail term of up to four years and a fine of HK$50,000 for each pirated good.
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