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Security Alert on Copyright Infringement

What is ‘copyright infringement’ and the cause?

Copyright infringement refers cases under which a network device was identified for sharing unauthorized copyright materials on the Internet using an HKU IP address.  These cases are usually reported to ITS by copyright owners or external companies acting on behalf of the copyright owners.

What are the possible consequences of a compromised account?

It is an unlawful act to share copyright materials on the Internet without appropriate authorization.  Such an act is violating the copyright laws and The University of Hong Kong Statement of Ethics on Information Technology (IT) Use.

What actions have been taken by ITS and what have to be done by the account holders?

  1. To stop the unlawful act, ITS has temporarily disabled the network device in question from Internet access.

  2. An email and a SMS will be sent to inform the holders of accounts identified with copyright infringement that their network devices in question have been temporarily suspended from Internet access. 

The account holders concerned are requested to check their network devices in question and remove all copyright infringement materials from the devices as soon as possible.  They are also requested to contact ITS at abuse@hku.hk to-

  1. Give an account on the above copyright infringement report to explain why the incident happened;

  2. Indicate what measures have been taken to prevent similar incident from happening again; and

  3. Indicate agreement to abide by the The University of Hong Kong Statement of Ethics on Information Technology (IT) Use.

ITS will resume the connection of the network devices in question upon receipt of the above requested information.