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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Panel Comment on Copyright Amendment Consultation on Parody Works by Attacking Alan

以下是「進擊之懼人」發言人進擊之艾倫先生11月4日在立法會工商委員會公聽會的語體文版整理後發言稿,立此存照:

 主席、各位委員、各位人士: 

早晨!我是進擊之懼人發言人進擊之艾倫。我首先解釋一下「進擊之懼人」代表一群甚麼的人。懼,不是指巨大的巨,而是指恐懼的懼。我們為何恐懼呢?因為我們就政府,以及其他人打壓我們而感到恐懼。 

譬如,這一次的版權條例修正呢,政府將這個分發(Distribution)的定義擴散到溝通(Communication)的定義。即是話如果在電子通訊或其他層面上去傳這個所謂侵權物品的話,也可能觸犯刑事。這樣,就會影響到很多人在正常生活時候的用途。例如在Facebook上分享圖片或其他(物品),若果那些是一些侵權物品的話呢,那樣會有機會會觸犯法例。 

那麼我們認為,如果你擴大了(分發)定義的話,我們需要擴大對版權使用者的保護。版權使用者的保護呢,就是如果他的使用是非商業用途的話,又或者不影響原創作品的話,就應該受到保護。

 政府今次這個戲仿(parody)諮詢裡面,提到三個方案。方案一其實是完全沒有釐清責任,所以根本上不適合推行。方案二只是解除了刑事責任,但民事責任仍然存在。這個是甚麼意思呢?這個意思就是說有人(指版權持有人)可以用民事訴訟形式,或者去恐嚇一些例如二次創作或者其他有版權的產品。 

我首先用一點時間介紹一下這個UGC,用戶衍生作品這個概念。用戶衍生內容呢,就是本身是原創或者基於有創作的產品而衍生的東西。譬如改圖、改歌、剪片之如此類的東西。其實呢,這類東西都是與牟利沒有關係的。所以呢,這些與牟利沒有關係的東西,是應該不會影響原創本身的法定權益(法定應是贅字)的。所以我們認為政府應該推行第四方案(對UGC作出豁免),但是政府也應該同時對戲仿(parody)、諷刺(satire)、拼貼和模仿(應為模仿(pastiche)和滑稽(caricature),此處說錯)作出豁免才是正確的,因為這樣才是公平的。 

Fair isn't fair if it is prejudiced against one side. (側向一方的公平並非公正。)所以在公平的層面上,第三方案是向使用者公平。

所以,本人最後結案陳詞(為何我化身成律師!)就認為呢,政府應該同時推方第三和第四方案,這樣才對版權使用者,甚至版權持有人是公平的。

This is the English "transcript" of Attacking Alan's speech on the special hearing on the LegCo Panel on Commerce and Industry for Copyright Amendment Bills. This comes from the simultaneous interpretation in LegCo with significant amendments to make it more readable.

"This is Attacking Alan from Advance on the Fear. Let me explain what does it mean by "Advance on the Fear". I mean Fear here, not Giants (A Cantonese pun). We have fear, because we are fearful of the government and others who want to suppress us.

"For example, the Copyright Amendment Bill will extend the definition of distribution to communication. This is to say if you send so-called infringing copies by electronic or other means, you would be in breach of the law as it may be a criminal offence. This extension would affect people's right on common use. For example, if you share something on Facebook, and those are (alleged) infringing copies, you would be in breach of the law.

"So we think if you extend the meaning of distribution as an offence, we would need to extend the rights and protections for copyright users. Such as if their use is non-commercial, or their use does not undermine the (interests of) original work, then it should be protected.

"Government has provided three options in this consultation on Parody use of Copyright. I do not think the government has clarify any of the various issues under Option 1 so it is inappropriate to be used. Only criminal liability is exempted in Option 2, but civil liability remains. What does this mean? This means someone (meaning Copyright owner) can sue a civil case or use civil litigation as a threat against derivative works or other copyrighted goods.

"Let me use a little bit of time to explain UGC, that is User Generated Content. UGC is either original or derived from other creative works, such as photoshopping pictures, rewriting songs, editing videos etc. These are unrelated to any profit (or monetary gains). So these non-profit making items should not affect the "statutory (this word is added erroneously)" rights of the original works. That is why we suggest the government should go for Option 4 (on UGC Exemption), but they should also exempt parody, satire, pastiche and pastiche (should be caricature here), because this is only fair.

"Fair isn't fair if it is prejudiced against one side (original line in English as omitted by interpreter). On the basis of fairness, Option 3 is fair to the user.

"Finally, my conclusion is the government should go for Option 3 and Option 4, because this is only fair to copyright users and even copyright owners."

Sunday, March 02, 2008

John Betjeman in St. Pancras


John Betjeman 2
Originally uploaded by 28481k
Here are the pictures of St. Pancras Station as I took last night, click on the picture on the right.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Coincidences upon coincidences

I don't want to type too much because technically I've got three works to be completed in tomorrow and none of them have had much of a headway. However, I would like to share two incidences just now. Tom Morris seems to be a good influence!

1. I was shopping in Waitrose in Gloucester Road Arcade, and I met someone that I had attended summer language school with 5 years ago in Haywards Heath! I stayed with him at a homestay for about 2 weeks in a typical suburban family in Haywards Heath. He's studying mechanical engineering in UCL now, after being transferred from Imperial after finding it too hard. He lives around Chelsea/South Kensington now. It's just that I forgot his name...

2. After shopping in Waitrose, I went to a local second hand bookshop down Gloucester Road. I bought a couple of bargain books (they worth more than 20p certainly!) that were placed outside the shop, went in and met a lady who was chatting with the attendant to try to get a job (or just flirting with the attendant). I paid and left the shop, but dropped a glove on the way out. I noticed half an hour later and went back to pick up. Just on the way in to the shop, I met the lady again! She turned back to the bookshop after failing to meet her acquaintance from a nearby cafe.

Real life is full of unexpected events. Who knows I bought a pair of over-priced gloves in Tie & Rack in Charing Cross after thought that I lost my right glove, and found it (with my beanie) in my now torn backpack?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The "Joy" of High Speed Train (UK Class 43)

(A reply to Joshua Muggleton's Train Again.)

Yes, their engine is one of the noisiest I've ever seen, though hopefully the life extension programme will see the original engine (called Paxman) changed to something just "less" noisy. Some actually lamented the loss of such roar, I, for one rail enthusiast, would definitely not!

I studied in Bath for two years between 2002 and 2004, and travelled a lot between London and Bath. The noise that the train pulls in is unbearable even after two years. I certainly would hate standing in between the vestibules, unless I want a full blast sensory experience of what you just described (or I rather stayed there than listening to all the gossips inside the carriage, which at times, gossips are more annoying than those rather predictable noises!).

Talking about full blast sensory experience, one of the things I love and hate about Mk3 carriages (the technical name of train carriages used for most loco-led train, including the HST in the UK) is the window on the doors. The fact that you have to put your hand (and sometimes half your body) over the door to push down the door handle outside the carriage to open the door means such window is necessary, and at times one would open the window to feel the breeze, or rather, the gale. Though that opened window itself is another source of noise intrusion from the exterior of the train, especially the bogie and the engine, the draught that is drawn in is sometimes so pleasing! That's why I both hate it and love it -- when I ever walk across the train from carriage to carriage (sometimes towards the kiosk, other times just walking around), I end up opening and closing the windows along. Now, that is a bit of sensory incoherence to you.

The compressed air controlled screen doors between the vestibule and the seating compartment are very interesting -- not just they have annoying hisses whenever they open and close, they are also hypersensitive. That means if you stand like 3 ft from the door it would open, which is good if you are moving along, but really bad if you wanted to just stand in the vestibule. Whenever I travelled on HST, I know my clumsiness in opening that coach door so I often move towards the door one stop before I alight. I certainly don't want to hear the opening and closing of doors while waiting to alight, it's not just the hissing of the piston, it is also the sudden plugging and unplugging of the door...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Security, Security, Security

So our straight-talking leader of the UK has unveiled his latest anti-terrorism safety strategy recently. Here are what he said:

The conclusions today of the review by the Noble Lord West on the protection of strategic infrastructure, stations, ports and airports - and of other crowded places - identifies a need to step up physical protection against possible vehicle bomb attacks.

This will include, where judged necessary, improved security at railway stations - focusing first on those of our 250 busiest stations most at risk - and at airport terminals, ports and at over one hundred sensitive installations.

The report proposes the installation of robust physical barriers as protection against vehicle bomb attacks, the nomination of vehicle exclusion zones to keep all but authorised vehicles at a safe distance, and making buildings blast resistant.

While no major failures in our protective security have been identified, companies that are responsible for crowded places will now be given detailed and updated advice on how they can improve their resilience against attack, both by better physical protection and greater vigilance in identifying suspicious behaviour.


So, he wanted more security across the board in public buildings, such as erecting blast-proof walls and restricted road access to annoy everyone who wants to drop off as close to the place as possible (especially for people with mobility difficulties).

Not only that, he also wants to add stop searches at very busy railway stations, which in its very nature is open to the public at most of the times, I don't know how to react on that, as a result that will be subjected to another post.

In lieu of combating the climate change, where air travel is the one of the biggest emitter per capita, I'm sure that's why he's stepping up yet more security measures for visible deterrence, both the "terrorist" and "traveller".

Mr Speaker, just as we are constantly vigilant to the ways in which we can tighten our security, so too we must ensure that the travelling public are able to go about their business in the normal way.

In the most sensitive locations, for example some large rail stations - and whilst doing everything to avoid inconvenience to passengers - we are planning additional screening of baggage and passenger searches.

But in the last few months at key airports there has already been additional investment in new screening capacity. We have been able to review the one-bag per passenger rule and the Transport Secretary is announcing today that as soon as we are confident that airports are able to handle additional baggage safely, these restrictions on hand baggage will be progressively lifted.

Now I don't know whether it seems to be all smoke and screen. I would definitely propose the following security measures to protect public safety (the use of italics makes the statement half-ironic):

  1. Guard towers surrounding the perimeter as well as fences
  2. Setting up checkpoints for all entrances of the airport
    • All entering and exiting vehicles subject to ID check and boot search by airport security
    • All entering passengers would have their passport checked, no matter how they come in: by bus, by car, by coach and even by train. Train passengers would have to pass through a security booth not unlike Eurostar
  3. Check-in baggages screened with X-ray machine prior to approaching check-in counters for all destinations, not just the US, not just a number of airlines. That would of course include budget airlines.
  4. Normal security procedures like any other airport at the security gate. However, Japanese have already concerned with explosive liquids (read molotov cocktails) before 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot.
Where the hell you can find such security? Narita International Airport, the International Gateway of Tokyo. Why? Because of the use of land to build the airport. That's why most new airports in Japan are built by the sea: it is easier to buy off fishermen apparently.

I'm sure some people would like to travel like that, right?

Of course, Japanese being Japanese, they make you feel that despite the inconvenience, they will be very considerate and provide as much assistance as possible to make you feel that you are respected as a human being rather than a scum. Here are a story I heard from my friends of parents:

They travelled in January 2002 around the world for business, especially attending some trade fairs. One stop was Orlando: as a result, they have been singled out to the most stringent security procedures all over the journey whenever and wherever they boarded the plane during the journey. That meant full baggage search while checking in and full body search and shoe search at the security. Now, it went off badly as security attendants badly treated one of them at the start of the journey in Hong Kong, she was so incensed by the insensitivity of their command that she threatened to lodge complaint against them. However things changed in Japan...

When they arrived and departed in Japan, they also got their shoes searched. However, the security attendants provided them sleepers when their shoe got searched, they even offered a cup of tea. Now this is the way to treat your suffering passengers while scanning.

Now, not only they want to provide extra security for us, they wanted to extend the period of detention without charge from 28 days to 58 days. This is subject to another long post, from the history of habeas corpus to the controlling nature of the New Labour government and the Bush government...

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

How to beat the Tube Strike

(AN INTRODUCTORY NOTE on 8/9: It might be a week late, but since RMT vowed another strike in the coming week (10/9 - 12/9), I would like to say a few words about that)


As I have heard, there is a wide-spread tube strike in London at the moment. Simon moaned that he is not looking forward to go to Newbury for the next few days. I believe many of you would have the same feeling under such crippling strike. Here are some of my tips you can get around a bit.


1. Read your map!

Yes, you should read not just the Tube Map, but the Tube and Rail Map like this.

So, say you live in the South-West of London and you're trying to get to Newbury. Forget about getting to Paddington first even though it is usually quicker: go through South West Train and change at Reading. Where to get on this particular train to Reading? Clapham Junction mate. Even though the journey between Clapham and Reading is about 50-60 60-70 mins, it'd beat getting stuck at the traffic trying to get into Paddington!

(Edit notes on 5/9: I've rechecked the timetable and therefore change the time needed to travel from Clapham Junction to Reading. It is also interesting to know that South West Trains had retimed slower than it used to be!)


2. Get a bike

If you're adventurous enough, riding a bike would be a fast option in London nowadays sans strike. You'll get sweaty but fit. Though you might inhale a lot of exhaust so wear a mask. Man, you should wear a mask even taking a tube! (Prominent example: this)

(PS. Since taking the tube often involves getting into a deep-level staion, the apparent time benefits have diminshed there. Still, it's quicker than bus before the road traffic above can be horrid in rush hours.)

3. Just stay at home

If you can afford to work at home, do so. You'd alleviate people from crushing buses.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

A Quick line

I'm coming back to London on 24th September and study Electrical Engineering again.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Home at last

This is not intended to be a concisive update, in fact I'm doing this on a high speed screeching bus heading back to my home in HK. Just spoken to a couple of mates here, they're pleased that I'm back to say the least.
Well I've a lot to update but whether I bothered to do them is another question. I'll tell you more once i had back home.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Hen Wlad fy Nhadau

Suddenly I have an urge to post this here. Perhaps I was stirred by someone posting Scarborough Fair (via sf)?



Welsh Words

Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi,
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion enwogion o fri.
Ei gwrol ryfelwyr, gwlad garwyr tra mad,
Tros ryddid collasant eu gwaed.

CYTGAN

Gwlad Gwlad
Pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad;
Tra môr yn fur i'r bur hoff bau,
O bydded i'r hen iaith barhau.

Hen Gymru fynyddig, paradwys y bardd,
Pob dyffryn, pob clogwyn i'm golwg sydd hardd;
Trwy deimlad gwladgarol, mor swynol yw si
Ei nentydd, afonydd, i mi.

CYTGAN

Os treisiodd y gelyn fy ngwlad tan ei droed,
Mae hen iaith y Cymry mor fyw ag erioed;
Ni luddiwyd yr awen gan erchyll law brad,
Na thelyn berseiniol fy ngwlad.

CYTGAN




English Words


The land of my fathers is dear to me,
A land of poets and minstrels, famed men.
Her brave warriors, patriots much blessed,
It was for freedom that they lost their blood.

CHORUS

Homeland! Homeland!
I am devoted to my country;
So long as the sea is a wall to this fair beautiful land,
May the ancient language remain.

Old land of the mountains, the Eden of bards,
Each gorge and each valley a loveliness guards;
Through love of my country, charmed voices will be
Its streams, and its rivers, to me.

CHORUS

Though foemen have trampled my land 'neath their feet,
The language of Cambria still knows no retreat;
The muse is not vanquished by traitor's fell hand,
Nor silenced the harp of my land.

CHORUS




Chinese Version by myself ﹙祖傳之地,又誤譯為大地之父﹚

祖傳之地,我心所繫。
騷人墨客齊頌我美麗山河。
歷代志士,捨身取義
為祖國自由奮鬥。

副歌

祖國!祖國!我熱愛的祖國!
讓四海保衛壯麗江山,
令古老語言傳萬世。

亙古山河,詩人之國。
四方嵠谷,和藹秀麗。
河水瀠瀠、溪流潺潺;
吾愛吾土,深入心扉。

副歌

鐵蹄雖至,俘虜吾土;
祖國語言永不退縮。
梵音未滅,豎琴繞樑;
勿陷敵手曲莫停。

副歌


Please note that only the first verse it used for the anthem.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

My plans on this blog space

Yes, yes, I know I've almost abandoned this space for a few months. I just haven't got the incentive to write down my thoughts here as things weren't going to well on my side. I've decided to re-post comments I have made in other places here to prop up my blog.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Year of the Dog

狗年祝賀大家身體健康,讀書的學業進步,工作的心想事成,做生意的財源廣進。

28481k wishes you a very uplifting, prosperous and
helathy year. This is a reminder of the Year of the
Dog.

(P.S. Due to internet problems, it is 4 days late...)

Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Year Greetings

I should have been busy at the end of last term since I procastinated a lot, especially I left quite a bit of work for this holiday... Even my plans in revamping this blog has to take a back seat because of my coursework. So I think that's why although this post started before 2006, it finishes on 5 January, before I left for the flight back to London.

Well, the year 2005 has been a hectic year for myself and a lot of people. It is certainly the year that I died from the myth of "easy success". The not-too-well results from my finals have great impact for me. It makes me think harder what I should do, and planning out my future...

To be Continued...

Anyway, Blwyddyn Newydd Dda/新年進步/Happy New Year!

Monday, December 05, 2005

My Sesame Street Personality Test

Cookie Monster
You scored 66% Organization, 35% abstract, and 37% extroverted!
This test measured 3 variables.


First, this test measured how organized you are. Some muppets like Cookie Monster make big messes, while others like Bert are quite anal about things being clean.


Second, this test measured if you prefer a concrete or an abstract viewpoint. For the purposes of this test, concrete people are considered to gravitate more to mathematical and logical approaches, whereas abstract people are more the dreamers and artistic type.


Third, this test measured if you are more of an introvert or an extrovert. By definition, an introvert concentrates more on herself and an extrovert focuses more on others. In this test an introvert was somebody that either tends to spend more time alone or thinks more about herself.

Monster and I personalised
You are somewhat organized, more concrete, and more introverted.



Here is why are you Cookie Monster.


You are both somewhat sloppy. Actually you are probably a lot less messy than Cookie Monster. Cookie Monster can be messy when he is eating, but he doesn't usually lose things. You are probably mostly organized. You have a good idea where you put things and you probably keep your place reasonably clean. You aren't totally obsessed with neatness though.


You both can be concrete thinkers. Cookie Monster knows what he wants (cookies!) and he consistently works toward that goal. You probably know what you want in life, and you have a real plan toward achieving it.


You are both introverted. Cookie Monster only thinks about himself when he says "Me want cookies." He rarely thinks of the affect he has on others. For whatever reason you are uncomfortable in social settings. You probably have one or two people that you are close with. You'd rather do things by yourself and you dislike working in groups.


The other possible characters are

Oscar the Grouch

Big Bird

Snuffleupagus

Ernie

Elmo

Kermit the Frog

Grover

The Count

Guy Smiley

Bert


If you enjoyed this test, I would love the feedback! Also if you want to tell me your favorite Sesame Street character, I can total them up and post them here. Perhaps your choice will win!




My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 76% on Organization
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 8% on concrete-abstra
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 8% on intro-extrovert
Link: The Your SESAME STREET Persona Test written by greencowsgomoo on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Well, that's quite expected actually, many people used to comment that I'm quite like Cookie Monster. By the way, if you don't know, Sesame Street used to be my extra favourite TV programme, I demanded it to be recorded and replayed through-out the day when I was like 5 and 6!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I'm back on the Internet...

Well, since I went back home and reprimanded of my appalling exam results, I haven't blogged for quite a while.

Since I have now got internet connection at my London flat, I can make comments on other blogs and write my own blog again. I'm really sorry for the long wait you might have encountered.

Also, I haven't changed my template yet, due to general laziness, I'll sort that out before new year (that is if I can finish my other academic stuff.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

A Poem from my sister

Here is a poem from my sister. She asked me if I could publish it, so I publish it here.

River of Enternal Friendship,
Flows into Everybody's Heart,
Ends to love feather
which tickles Everybody's Heart,
All rotct apple of peace all divine.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Under Refurbishment

This blog site would be changed to a more active site as I'm going to move my active postings from Xanga to here. In the mean time please still go to my Xanga site for my blogs. ALL previous posts in this site are deleted from now on.

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