PUTRA JAYA: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry would rope in artistes to create greater awareness against buying pirated VCDs and CDs. “If the public can be influenced by their idols on other things, why not on the purchase of VCDs and CDs?
"I believe artistes, whose livelihood and creativity are affected by pirated discs, can play an influential role in educating consumers,” Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal said at a press conference on Monday.
Shafie said the ministry had also stopped issuing new licences or permits to operate optic disc factories and revoked the licences of six companies found manufacturing pirated discs.
Since 2003, about 2,000 people were arrested for committing various offences under the Copyrights Act 1987.
There were 39 cases involving RM72.6mil worth of pirated discs seized from licensed optic disc factories and another 30 cases involving illegal factories with a seizure value of RM63.4mil.
The ministry conducted checks at 179,195 premises between January and August this year, took action on 39,346 cases and seized pirated discs worth RM475mil.