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To Reap What I Sowed


FADE IN:

INT. STUDY - DAY

TV is on. PETER works at his computer. We hear: "European Copyright Law Reform...

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, even protests in

streets. It happened

in Hong Kong in the

1990s when I was

primarily answerable

and responsible for

Hong Kong's copyright

law reform.

INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT

TV is on. Peter hears: "European Copyright Directive to protect copyright over the internet passed."

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, even Chinese channel

would report the legislative

progress.

INT STUDY - DAY

TV is on. We hear: "Internet will never be the same again". Surfing the web with his phone, Peter types: "European Copyright Law Reform."

PETER (V.O.)

This article written in Feb,

2019 is now dated.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Oh, this one was my work

published in 1992...Yes it

was the year when I first

followed the challenge

of copyright in the digital

age at the World Intellectual

Property Organization (WIPO)

in Geneva.

FLASHBACK

INT. WIPO - DAY

European style conference room. Peter (38) sits with the delegation with a plate: "Royaume-Uni" Delegates speak one after another in French, Spanish and English, as directed by the President sitting at the podium.

A beat. Only a few souls are left in the conference room. Peter puts a camera on a tripod and takes a picture of himself.

END FLASHBACK

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

That was the only photo I took.

It was my first experience

and I was so excited. Since

then I made dozens of duty

visits to Geneva.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

From 1992-1996, I followed

closely the making of the

Internet Treaties 1996. I

incorporated the principles

and rules into Hong Kong's

copyright law in 1997. And

they are still good!

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd)

Now the Europeans are

taking the lead in protecting

authors and owners of

copyright contents over

the internet.

Peter checks phone. We see some data under the name Peter Kam Fai Cheung.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

The total no. of views is

the only recognition.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

The social networks operate

in EU Member States would

have to share part of their

profit margin to reciprocate

the content creators.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

When will other regions or

countries follow the EU

model? It would take many

many years.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

As an author and owner of

copyright works myself, if

I couldn't benefit from

my works during my life-

time, my children and

grandchildren will be

able to reap what I

sowed.

Peter continues to work on his computer.

FADE OUT. The End

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