This is the first case commenced in Hong Kong court and in respect of hyperlinking of web-sites operated in Hong Kong.
The parties are Hong Kong-based financial news and information web-sites. The Plaintiff filed the claim in the Court of First Instance of High Court in Hong Kong on 30th May, 2000.
HK Finance.com alleged that Prosticks.com placed hyperlinks on the website hosted at the URL of www.prosticks.com. The links on click allowed visitors to bypass HK Finance.com's front page. As the front page consisted of advertisements, visitors got into the deep-linked page without viewing the advertisements. HK Finance.com relies on its web-site statement as a cause of action. The statement stated that no material was to be copied and included without authorization. It was claimed by HK Finance.com that such act amounted to copyright infringement.