HONG KONG, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The Hong Kong
Intellectual Property Department and the Hong Kong Scout Association (HKSA) held
Sunday the "Respect for Intellectual Property Rights Fun Fair" in Hong Kong.
The event was held at Kowloon Park Piazza to promote
respect of intellectual property rights (IPR) and to mark the World Intellectual
Property Day, set on April 26 annually.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the fun fair,
Director of Intellectual Property, Stephen Selby, said the cooperation with HKSA
was a new initiative. Over 60 scout members have participated in various kinds
of intellectual property seminars, workshops and visits since the "Scout Program
on Respect for Intellectual Property Rights" was launched in April 2005.
Selby congratulated the 23 scout leaders who were the
first group of qualified Scout "Respect for Intellectual Property Rights"
Instructors, and encouraged them to fulfill the mission of promoting respect for
IPR to other Scout members.
The fun fair is also one of the activities to mark
the World Intellectual Property Day. Its theme this year is "It starts with an
idea". Countries around the world will devote themselves to protecting IPR to
fulfill their promise of promoting creativity and innovation.
"Ideas are unique, and creative work takes tremendous
time and effort. Creativity will disappear if we continue to plagiarize and
¡°steal¡± the creative works of others. The public must stop any illegal uploading
or downloading of music, movies or other copyright works from the Internet,"
Chairperson of the Hong Kong Intellectual Property
Society Selina Chow, Head of the Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau of
the Customs and Excise Department Tam Yiu Keung and Director of Operations,
Greater China of Motion Picture Association Sam Ho took part in the ceremony.
Local entertainers Ste Wong, Alex Fong, Justin Lo,
Jade Kwan, Wilfred Lau, Ella Koon, Charles Ying, Shine and Ryan Hui also
participated and performed in the event to help promote awareness of IPR
Apart from the singing performances, an Intellectual
Property Game Competition was held, in which 10 scout teams were competing for
the "Best Intellectual Property Game Booth Design". In addition to this, local
designer Pacino Wan and director Cheang Pou-soi, were invited to share their
experiences in creativity, and encourage the development of local creativity.
The Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department and
HKSA jointly launched the "Scout Program on Respect for Intellectual Property
Rights" on April 30, 2005. The program included a series of seminars, workshops
and visits. Enditem