Malaysia making it an offence to possess pirated goods

  • Technology
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will amend the Copyright Act 1987 to make it an offence to have pirated goods, just like it is an offence to possess stolen goods, said the Minister of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the amendment, to be tabled at the next Parliament sitting, will streamline the existing provision besides giving awareness to the public on the similarity between keeping pirated goods and keeping stolen goods.

“The people should know that an offence is still an offence and if we are aware that we have bought stolen goods, legal action can be taken against us. Pirated compact discs (CDs), digital video discs (DVDs) or video compact discs (VCDs) are stolen goods,” he said in his speech when launching the Anti-Piracy Campaign 2010 here yesterday.

The campaign aims to raise public awareness, check the sale of pirated goods at shopping complexes and business premises, prevent illegal downloading from the Internet and weaken piracy syndicates.

Ismail Sabri said his ministry would also embark on educational programmes and consumer awareness through the Genuine Sales Carnival, seminars and workshops, among others, beginning here next month, Sungai Petani, Malacca, Kuantan and Kuching.

He said that between 2005 and April this year, action had been taken on a total of 5,561 cases of pirated goods involving the impounding of CDs, DVDs, VCDs and equipment for producing pirated discs worth about RM275mil. — Bernama

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