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By Gabriela Kennedy
It will be possible to register .hk Chinese Domain Names in simplified and traditional character forms as well as in a combination of both. Chinese Domain Names may also contain English letters, numbers or symbols.
On 14 February 2006, China Internet Network Information Centre ("CNNIC") published a new dispute resolution policy ("2006 Policy") for .cn domain names, which will come into force on 17 March 2006. The purpose of the amendments to the current .cn dispute resolution policy is to balance the benefits of trade mark owners with those of domain name registrants
By Gabriela Kennedy, John Tai
Technological barriers segregating fixed and mobile telecommunications services are fast disappearing. Emerging technologies such as Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) will soon enable users to enjoy high-speed voice/data connectivity using a single handset anyplace anytime.
By Gabriela Kennedy, John Tai
On 6 January 2006, following an extensive public consultation process spanning over fifteen months, the Telecommunications Authority (TA) finalised the regulatory regime for VoIP services and created a new Services-Based Operator (SBO) Licence.
By Gabriela Kennedy
On 24 October 2005, a Hong Kong Magistrates' Court convicted Hong Kong resident Chan Nai-Ming ("the Defendant") for distributing 3 movie files over the Internet using the popular BitTorrent ("BT") P2P file-sharing tool ("the BT Case").
By Gabriela Kennedy, John Tai
On 27 April 2005, the Hong Kong Government announced that it had brought criminal charges against a Hong Kong man for illegally sharing three files containing Hollywood movies on the Internet using BitTorrent technology. The man was arrested in January 2005 and subsequently released until the criminal charges were formally laid in April 2005.
By Gabriela Kennedy, John Tai
The Copyright Ordinance in Hong Kong is under review again. In December 2004, the Hong Kong Government issued a consultation document seeking the views of the public in relation to, among other aspects, amendments to the end-user criminal liability and copyright exemption provisions in the Copyright Ordinance ("the Consultation Paper").
By Gabriela Kennedy, Katrina Partridge
Mobile and fixed-line carriers may find themselves operating in the same space under a new unified licensing system as the Hong Kong telecommunications regulator considers how to best deliver the next generation of voice and high-speed internet services.
By Gabriela Kennedy
A recent decision of the District Court of Hong Kong which interpreted a warranty clause relating to spam very narrowly has once again highlighted the fact that wide warranties in service contracts may not prove to be that useful.
By Gabriela Kennedy, Katrina Partridge
The Internet may have given us an unprecedented tool for locating and sharing information but it has also provided an unwelcome accomplice – unsolicited electronic commercial messages on a large scale, otherwise known as spam. The debate centres on the following question: in a borderless environment how can individual countries protect the privacy rights of their citizens whilst still allowing legitimate e-marketing to occur. This article examines Hong Kong's role in the global fight against
By Gabriela Kennedy
Hong Kong's telecommunications regulator OFTA has announced its decision to abolish the mandatory Type II interconnection policy applicable to telephone exchanges for individual buildings covered by such exchanges by 30 June 2008, two years ahead of its original proposal. The announcement was made on 6 July 2004 in the "Statement of the Telecommunications Authority "Review of type II interconnection "(the "Statement")
On 19 March 2004 the Telecommunications Authority ("TA") in Hong Kong released its second consultation paper on second generation mobile service licences ("Second ConsultationPaper") sparking further controversy. The first consultation paper relating to licensing of mobile services on expiry of existing 2G licenses ("First Consultation Paper") was issued by the TA on 1 August 2003, and 23 submissions were received by the end of the consultation period, 2 October 2003.
By Gabriela Kennedy, Paloma Wang
The case concerns a dispute of the domain name . The plaintiff is an individual, Haixin Jiang ("Jiang"), from Shanghai, PRC and the defendant is Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. ("Philips"), the Dutch consumer electronics company. Jiang sought to set aside a decision by the World Intellectual Property Organisation ("WIPO") to transfer the disputed domain name to Philips, which was made on 19 September 2002
The Hong Kong Domain Name Registry ("HKDNR") has announced that it will be launching second level domain names under the top-level country-code domain .hk in early 2004.