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2016年2月 4日 (木)

Movie and Music Piracy

Dear editor,

  I am writing to express my view on the movie and music piracy. Last year, the Hong Kong Government convicted a person of infringing copyright successfully, who uploaded copyrighted movies to his server and allowed other users to download them. For this incident, I am highly disappointed of the Internet user because they infringed the effort that the copyright owner paid. It is morally wrong to upload or download the piracy music and videos illegally. In addition, this phenomenon means the Hong Kong's intellectual property is being exploited. If this phenomenon continues, it is believed that Hong Kong will not have good music or video anymore.

  According to a research from some Universities in Hong Kong, it was found that the different age groups had different reasons of the download or upload the piracy music or videos. The research is divided into two age groups to carry out, a group of teenagers and a group of adults. The research found the reason of most teenagers download or upload the piracy music and videos is that they lack of money and resources Neo Derm Beauty Box. On account of their process of studying, they undoubtedly lack of money and resources to purchase the expensive original CDs or movies. Therefore, the only way they can enjoy the music or videos is to download them from the internet. And for the adults group, the reason is convenient. Nowadays, downloading materials from the internet is very convenient. In addition to the huge resources from the internet, the download time is just for a moment. Therefore, these advantages attracted them to download the piracy music or videos from the internet office furniture. They would not go to the store for the original CDs or movies.

  In this changing society, many citizens are being turned into criminals simply because of the illegal uploading or downloading. As a consequence, the regulations need to be tightening up. And the Government needs to strengthen the law enforcement to crack down on this kind of Internet crimes. For example, formulate new laws to limit the illegal uploading or downloading behavior. Also, the education is significant. No matter how strict the regulation is, if the students are lack of this kind of knowledge, it will surely become a vicious cycle. The criminals will continuously appear in the coming future.

  To summaries, if the Government still doesn’t face to this problem, the intellectual property will be disappeared in Hong Kong. All creativity companies will be closed or moved to other countries because of the illegal downloading or uploading. So, I earnestly request the Hong Kong Government to solve this problem immediately hotel management part time degree.

  Yours faithfully,

  Philip Wong

2016年2月 1日 (月)

Naked Hub emerges as WeWork’s main competitor in Asia

Hours after WeWork announced plans to move into Japan, one of the U.S. co-working giant’s chief rivals made a move to increase the competition in Asia applied technology. Naked Hub, which was born out of China-based luxury resort company Naked Group, today announced a merger deal with JustCo, a fast-expanding co-working firm located in Singapore. It also revealed that it is working to finalize a $200 million Series C round before the end of next month. That’s in partnership with power-broker China Renaissance, which backed Uber rival Didi among major Chinese tech firms, and it could value the firm at $1 billion, SCMP reported. Naked Hub closed a $33 million Series B led by real estate PE firm Gaw Capital last year, until then it had been self-funded by its parent firm. Those figures may be a drop in the ocean for WeWork — which pulled in a massive investment of $760 million this month at a valuation of $30 billion — but they represent significant progress for a venture that is just two years old, and only expanded outside of Shanghai at the beginning of 2017. Suddenly, we can see a major local brand potentially gaining the significance to cause a nuisance to WeWork. That’s because today’s deal effectively unites two companies with a growing collection of co-working spaces in China and Southeast Asia. Naked Hub claims 21 spaces, most of which are in China but also Hong Kong and Vietnam. Five-year-old JustCo, meanwhile, has four spaces in Singapore and is in the process of opening centers in Thailand (Bangkok), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and Indonesia (Jakarta) to gain a presence across Southeast Asia Managed Cloud Service. In Asia, WeWork is currently operational in China, Hong Kong and India. Aside from its plan for Tokyo, the company is expected to land in Singapore soon based on job vacancies for which it is hiring. Overall, the company has a presence in 16 countries worldwide. Beyond an expanded territorial presence, the coming-together will also take Naked Hub-JustCo past a runrate of $100 million per year, Grant Horsfield, founder and chairman of Naked Group, said. “A merger with naked Hub is timely and makes perfect sense, with JustCo spearheading further expansion in Southeast Asia and naked Hub taking care of North Asia,” Kong Wan Sing, founder and CEO of JustCo, summarized in a statement. Unlike WeWork, Naked Hub has utilized partnerships with real estate development groups to expand its footprint. In particular, it has alliances with China’s Vanke and Minghong groups and Empire City in Vietnam. In an interview with TechCrunch last year, South African entrepreneur Horsfield played down direct similarities between Naked Hub and WeWork 吧椅. “We don’t try to mimic WeWork, we are a lifestyle brand that isn’t just about work,” he said. “We have an education business in Shanghai, for example.” He said also that he believed that close Chinese rival URWork’s rental model and pricing makes it “completely unsustainable” and that, in the wake of many of China’s co-working spaces closing down, catering to startups alone isn’t enough to develop a healthy business. “The whole objective is to create spaces attractive enough for orthodox companies to come in,” Horsfield explained. “I think there will be a massive fallout in the space [in China] very soon.” He said he got into co-working on the advice of a friend having previously specialized in high-end resorts, including a stables and a castle in rural China. But after a debut location in Shanghai sold out of space in six weeks, he decided to “double down” and expand the business. Now he plans to outsmart WeWork by opening more new branches than his U.S.-headquartered rival. WeWork is looking for a modest three to four new spaces in China per year, but Horsfield previously said his company should reach 37 in China alone by the end of 2017. Now there’s Southeast Asia, too, and the expectation 194 spaces across Asia by 2020. Naked Hub isn’t alone in China by any means. URWork recently landed $30 million to ramp up its international expansion plan, which has already seen spaces opened in Singapore, London, Taiwan and New York. https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/18/naked-hub-emerges-as-weworks-main-competitor-in-asia/