Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Alison L. Morr


Parallel importing has attracted debate, pairing free trade and consumer choice against copyright owners and exclusive licensees' rights. Hong Kong law prevents licensees from exporting a product outside a designated area, but also forms geographic monopolies from which the exclusive licensee receives economic benefits. This Comment assesses Hong Kong's copyright protection by comparing proponent and opponent arguments, and analyzing the external pressures surrounding the passage of the Copyright Ordinance and a similar Taiwanese restriction. The focus of this Comment is on the Copyright Ordinance's effects on parallel importing in exclusive licensees' territories, specifically the influx of international entertainment products.