Malaysians, don’t deprive artists of their rewards

  • Letters
  • Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019

READING about the success of local animation talent and movies made me proud to be Malaysian. It’s great to see we are producing top-notch work.

However, I am utterly appalled by my fellow Malaysians who deprive these companies of the profits from their hard work! These movies, even movies that have won awards, are being blatantly shared illegally on YouTube, Facebook, etc. It is truly not fair to the hardworking and talented people who made these works.

I think the government is not enforcing the law strongly enough in this issue.

In the Copyright Act 1987, Section 36 says “copyright is infringed by any person who does, or causes any other person to do” anything like copying and distributing copyrighted work without the permission of the copyright owner. Under Section 41 of the Act, the penalty for infringing copyright ranges from RM2,000 to RM250,000.

Now, you have to ask yourself, is this punishment enough? For distributing illegal content that spreads online like wild fire and that will deprive the intellectual property owners of millions of ringgit which could be used to improve animation technology even more in Malaysia?

My fellow Malaysians, please think about this: You keep complaining that we are not good enough, we can’t compete with other countries – but now, when we actually have the expertise, we let them down by sharing pirated content.

I call for the Malaysian government to take the firmest stand possible on those who make and share pirated content.

Also, please educate me and people who feel the way I do about ways in which we can assist the government by reporting illegal content. Perhaps we can communicate directly with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission? We need to make Malaysia a place where animation companies can work hard and not worry about their intellectual property being stolen by pirates.


Kuala Lumpur

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