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授借權聯盟今公布爭取運動最新發展及計劃 爭取於2017/18年推行授借權

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授借權聯盟今公布爭取運動最新發展及計劃 爭取於2017/18年推行授借權

作者強烈表達訴求望政府回應 國際借閱權聯盟召集人表支持

2016517 香港授予公共圖書館借閱權聯盟(下稱授借權聯盟)今天特別舉行新聞發布會,公布爭取運動最新發展及計劃,將發起作家千人聯署,向政府爭取於2017/18年推行授借權機制。本地作家亦現身發布會表達訴求,並獲得國際借閱權聯盟召集人到場支持。

國際借閱權聯盟召集人特意來港出席國際會議 表示全力支持香港設立授借權機制 

昨天假香港中文大學舉行之「授借權國際會議 2016」非常成功,國際借閱權聯盟召集人Dr Jim Parker 特意來港出席,與另外幾位國際代表、本地作家及出版文化界代表交流推行授借權的經驗,吸引業界人士及公眾旁聽。Dr Jim Parker在發布會上表示:「目前已經及快將執行『授借權』的國家達56個,包括加拿大、丹麥、芬蘭、英國、瑞典、冰島、德國、比利時等。 我們十分樂意提供支援,協助香港順利設立授借權,希望香港能成為首個亞洲建立『授借權』機制之地區,進一步與國際業界接軌,成為其他亞洲國家之模範,世界各地的作家都能得到應有保障,推動全球創意產業發展。」

即將發起作家千人聯署 爭取於2018年推行授借權

授借權聯盟召集人李偉榮表示:「自2013年授借權聯盟成立起,一直積極推動成立授借權機制,聯同業界與政府爭取設立有關制度。根據過去2013年起連續3年進行之問卷調查分別顯示,61.3%公眾因在公立圖書館借書便利而不會購書,估計為業界帶來超過5億損失;另外,59.3%人士同意香港推行合理之授借權制度。聯盟認為,成立授借權機制是為了維護知識產權,讓香港出版業界及作者得到公平的回報,乃對創作人的一種尊重。為了強烈表達訴求及爭取政府的關注,聯盟即將發起作家千人聯署,爭取與政府官員對話,並期望可於2017/18年推行授借權。」

倘實行授借權將撥出收入成立基金 培育新晉作家

李偉榮亦表示:「現時因授借權未能實行,至今政府與聯盟亦缺乏實質磋商及進展。假若在2017年6月前仍無有效機制或文化保育政策出台改善此惡劣情況,已有小部分作者及出版社提出自行提高兩、三倍價格以供貨公立圖書館等建議,以作彌補損失。然而,倘若實行較公平及公開的授借權機制,聯盟及作家將會撥出部分收入成立基金用以推行傳承計劃,例如師徒培訓、創作訓練班等等,協助更多新作者加入文創,推動本土文化,給香港創意產業提供生力軍。」

鼓勵創意產業發展 公眾讀者同樣受惠

本地作家周蜜蜜、馬龍及韋然均現身表達訴求,提及成立授借權對作家的重要性,在於對作家及版權持有人的尊重,以及保障新一代作家的權益。就如音樂作品一樣,如果無償無限次使用作品,則是剝削了該作品衍生之收入和價值。建立授借權後,由於知識產權及經濟收益得到保障,將吸引更多人加入創意產業行列,公眾並將因此受惠,能享受到更多書種。

有關香港授予公共圖書館圖書借閱權聯盟

香港授予公共圖書館圖書借閱權聯盟於2013年由本地出版業界、455位作者及著作版權持有人創立,提倡建立「授借權」以維護知識產權,讓香港出版業界及作者得到公平的回報,從而促進出版行業健康發展,吸引更多年輕人投身創意產業,推動本土文化。

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此新聞稿由智悅公關代表香港授予公共圖書館圖書借閱權聯盟發布。新聞界如有任何查詢,歡迎與智悅公關黃殷榆 (電話:2560-8626) 或李凱琳 (電話:2560-8202) 聯絡。

 


HKPLRA Launches Fresh Initiative to Campaign for Public Lending Right by 2017/18

17 May 2016

The Hong Kong Public Lending Right Alliance (HKPLRA) is holding a special press conference today, announcing the launch of a fresh initiative to petition the HKSAR government for the implementation of a public lending right (PLR) system by 2017/18. Local authors and illustrators will be in attendance to express their concerns and wishes, while Dr. Jim Parker, founder of the Public Lending Right International Network, will also be present to lend his support.

Local authors and illustrators Mimi Zhou, Malone Yuen, and Armando Lai (Paul Knight) will be sharing their views and concerns on the significance of implementing PLR to content creators. PLR is not only a matter of respect to the intellectual property rights of content creators and copyright holders, but also a necessary protection of the interests of a new generation of writers. As with works of music, infinite use of a piece of work without compensation strips the work of the income and value that it should generate. By safeguarding intellectual property rights and economic interests, the implementation of PLR will attract more talents to join the creative industry, and the public would be the ultimate beneficiary with the production of books of better quality and a wider range.

Derek Lee, founder of the HKPLRA, explains the situation. “At the moment, there has been little substantial discussion with the HKSAR government on developing a public lending right system. Some authors and publishers have already stated that, if by June 2017 there is still no policy or system to address this deplorable situation, they would be compelled to take their own measures, such as doubling or tripling prices for supplying public libraries, in order to help defray production costs. On the other hand, if an open and fair public lending right system is established, the HKPLRA and content creators will be able to set aside a portion of the income to establish an educational fund for development and training courses, encouraging more bright talents to join the creative industry and promote local culture.”

Since its founding in 2013, the HKPLRA has been campaigning for the implementation of a PLR system in Hong Kong. The purpose of establishing public lending right is to secure fair compensation for content creators and the publishing industry as a form of respect to the intellectual property rights of content creators. Surveys conducted over the past 3 years show that 61.3% of the public will not pay to purchase books because they prefer to borrow from public libraries, costing the publishing industry more than HK$500 million in potential losses annually. On the bright side, 59.3% responded positively towards having a PLR system in Hong Kong. The HKPLRA will start a petition gathering the signatures of the thousands of local authors in support of this initiative, as it seeks dialogue with HKSAR government officials to implement PLR by 2017/18.

The HKPLRA jointly organized 2016 Public Lending Right International Conference, held yesterday at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to great success. Dr. Jim Parker was joined on the panel by several international representatives, while local content creators and representatives from the publishing industry shared their experiences in promoting public lending right. Dr. Parker expressed his enthusiasm in supporting the campaign for building a PLR system in Hong Kong; the city would be the first in Asia to do so, joining 56 developed countries that have also developed a PLR system to protect the interests of content creators and promote the development of the global creative industry.

Note: This press release is handled by Joyous Communications on behalf of the Hong Kong Public Lending Right Alliance. For inquiries, please contact Venus Wong (2560 8626) or Janet Lee (2560 8202).