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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Good Enough

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 08:55

  4. Taping an iPad screen, Peter joins a Zoom meeting.

  5. PETER (V.O.): A Korean scholar is delivering a keynote.

  6. Peter captures some of slides on screen.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I like anything South Korea as my elder daughter living in Tokyo has Korean connections. As long as there's someone who cares for her, that's good enough.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife even asked our daughter to ask her boyfriend's parents what Korean cookware to buy.

  10. Recalling.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was working on two WTO Trade-related IP cases from 2004-2005, the other Panel Member was a Korean. He taught in the same university as the speaker.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Like Japan, South Korea is an hour ahead of Hong Kong time.

  14. Act 2


  16. Peter is following the screen presentations.

  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That speaker has reminded me about the negotiation of Article 31bis of the WTO-TRIPS Agreement, amending the compulsory licensing provision..

  18. Recalling.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Hong Kong played a high profile in the GATT. In 1995, Hong Kong was a founding Member of WTO.

  20. Recalling.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I recall the WTO-TRIPS article was negotiated in the early 2000s. Assuming the value of a high-income economy, Hong Kong, China, was supportive of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement on Public Health 2001.

  22. Recalling.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's interesting to note that the negotiation result was formalized in 2017, years after my retirement.

  24. Focusing on screen.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the academics are arguing as to who should be entitled as the author or owner of AI-generated IP.



  28. Lecture theatre. Peter (36) sees the backdrop: WIPO Worldwide Symposium on the Intellectual Property Aspects of Artificial Intelligence.

  29. PETER (V.O.): In 1986, when I read my 2nd LLM in UCL, a friend of mine was reading a doctorate in AI. This's the first time I've learned about the technical structure of AI.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having a pure arts background, there's no way I can play a technical role in AI.

  32. Pausing.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But as a member the legal secretariat on the reform of the law relating to copyright, I need to know the AI context. That's why I'm here.

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I want to have 1st-hand information about the developing norm so that I can suggest an informed policy option.

  36. Thinking.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I agree with the conference consensus. The author of such AI-generated works has to be the human being who makes the necessary arrangements..


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I did succeed in writing the determining formula into Hong Kong's Copyright Ordinance 1997. I think it was a good-enough solution.

  40. Pausing.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now is 2021. A generation has passed since the issue was discussed internationally and authentically.

  42. Reflecting.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But there's no harm to revisit the issue as AI is developing fast. Never say never.

  44. INT. KITCHEN - 13: 30

  45. Enjoying his meal, Peter is watching video clips with his iPad mini.

  46. PETER (V.O.): Getting another Olympic silver medal? Another record breaking? I'm glad that it isn't a gold-like bronze one.

  47. Act 3


  49. Peter is swimming freestyle.

  50. PETER (V.O.): It has been a fortnight since I took my 2nd jab. I'm still alive.

  51. INT. STUDY - 22:00

  52. Thinking.

  53. PETER (V.O.): Being good enough never is - I was thinking like that.

  54. Thinking.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But knowing that one has done the best one could, one should feel good. Good enough is good enough.

  56. Peter checks something with his phone.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): South Korea ranked No.8 in Rio 2016. It now ranks No.7 in Tokyo 2020. Isn't it good enough?

  58. Checking.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Japan ranked No.6 in Rio 2016. It now ranks No. 2 in Tokyo 2020. Again, Isn't it good enough.

  60. Pausing.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've a heart that beats well and feels deeply. That's good enough.

  62. FADE OUT.

  63. THE END

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