Shop assistant held for illegal song downloads

KULIM: A shop assistant has been detained for the illegal download of songs. He was caught during a raid by the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry.

An enforcement officer for the ministry, posing as customer, nabbed the shop assistant downloading songs and ringtones to a memory card at about 2pm on the day of the raid.

Kulim enforcement chief Chin Ching Chung said the 26-year-old was downloading the songs using a desktop computer. The machine contained about 500 local and foreign songs.

He said the operation was launched following complaints from a representative of the Recording Industry Malaysia (RIM).

The downloading of songs is an offence under Section 41(1) (c) of the Copyright Act 1987 and the penalty is a fine of RM2,000 for each song downloaded, as well as jail time. — Bernama

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