Hologram labels to identify genuine VCDs, CDs

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 09 Feb 2003

JITRA: It will soon be compulsory for genuine VCDs and CDs to have a hologram label to enable consumers to differentiate them from pirated products. 

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the ruling would be imposed in six months. 

He told participants of a consumer awareness convention here yesterday that the ministry would have equipment to identify the official hologram should pirated discs also have their own holograms. 

Muhyiddin said his ministry had discussed the matter with producers and recording companies and they had all agreed to the ruling. 

“The cost will be very minimal and will not increase the price of the discs. The hologram will help consumers to identify genuine discs,” he told reporters after the convention. 

He said the move was aimed at curbing widespread piracy of VCDs and CDs. 

Muhyiddin said earlier that consumers were now not able to differentiate between genuine and pirated discs and generally thought that higher priced discs were genuine although they might not be necessarily so. 

He urged producers of genuine discs to bring prices of their VCDs and CDs to a more affordable level as the cost per disc was less than RM1. 

He said consumers would opt for the genuine products if their prices were only slightly higher than that of pirated discs.  

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