KUALA LUMPUR: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry has received kudos from local film producers over the recent arrest of three young cyber pirates. The onslaught on the boys has jolted other youngsters.
The three, aged between 15 and 18, had allegedly infringed copyright laws and were picked up by ministry enforcers in separate raids in Selangor and Penang on Oct 29 and Nov 8. They have since been released under police bail.
The arrests were made under the ministry’s Ops Spyglass to nip the action of website owners who break the law. The ministry kicked off the year-long operations in July.
Tanda Putera producer and director Datuk Paduka Shuhaimi Baba hoped the arrests would stop others from making illegal profits off their (filmmakers’) hard work.
“We have lodged so many reports and I’m glad we are seeing some results,” she said.
“It’s a kind of sickness to proudly tell me you can steal from me and no one can stop you.”
Executive producer Aida Fitri Buyong said she was sorry the perpetrators were young boys, but “all Malaysians should know that piracy is not a laughing matter.”
Tengku Iesta Tengku Alaudin, general manager of production house Grand Brilliance, said piracy was a long-standing issue and complained about KL Gangster 2 being uploaded online 37 days before its Oct 3 premiere. The incident prompted director Syamsul Yusof to announce his retirement from filmmaking.
“Sterner action should be taken against the original uploader because, without content, there is no issue of downloading in the first place,” said Tengku Iesta.
Secondary school student Priscilla Lim, 16, said the arrests of the teenagers was a good move.
“I think they should be arrested. Even though online piracy has become the norm among youths, they have committed a serious offence,” she said.
However, college student Ira Natashya Khoo, 18, felt it was not right for the enforcement officers to raid the boys’ homes and arrest them.
“The enforcement officers should have boundaries because some of them (culprits) are underaged.
“They should have contacted the parents first instead of arresting them straight away,” she said, when contacted.
Ahmad Danial, 18, said the teenagers might lack knowledge on cyber laws.
“They might think it’s okay to share the films and not realise it’s piracy,” he said.
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