ERIC Number: ED365126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Copyright, Publishers, and Self-Access Centres in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Papers in Linguistics and Language Teaching, v16 p111-116 Sep 1993
This paper discusses copyright laws in Hong Kong, and how they are an impediment to self-access learning centers. Most of the published materials needed for use in self-access centers are not suitable without some adaptation. Such adaptations often involve photocopying parts of a book or the whole thing. In addition, it is often felt that it is unsafe to put original audio and video tapes in the hands of users, so, consequently, safety copies (or backups) are commonly used. Copyright law in Hong Kong does not offer any privileges to educational establishments. As far as self-access centers are involved, copyright law does not appear to permit photocopying at all, nor allow copying of audio or video cassettes. There is discussion about an agreement between publishers and materials developers on how to deal with this problem. Such an agreement would allow easier development and adaptation of published material for genuine self access. The draft of a copyright agreement proposal is appended. (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hong Kong
Note: For journal in which this paper appears, see FL 021 693.