Analyses | Leisure, culture and arts | 2015-06-29 | Sing Tao

Parody and copyright: the imitation game

After the political reform proposal was voted down, a Facebook page ‘wait-for-fat-suk’ with parodic works was created by netizens, attracting nearly 10,000 likes in less than a day. Several weeks ago, a seemingly offensive poster by the Chinese Football Club invoked the Hong Kong Football Association to respond with a parody poster of similar design, asking for support of the local team. Derivative works nowadays have become more diversified with regard to genres and purposes. While respecting copyrights, where is the fine line between secondary creation and the freedom of expression?

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