Optical Disc Piracy: From the Malaysian Legal Perspective
Piracy activities in optical disc business such as film, music and computer software in Malaysia are not a new phenomenon but it has recently deteriorated. The latest development of advanced technology has made piracy activities mostly possible especially if it is recorded in digital optical disc. It has been reported in IIPA (International Intellectual Property Alliances) Report 2007 that Malaysian had suffered a great loss in business software (USD159 millions), records and music (USD22 millions) and entertainment software (USD28 millions). Law regarding this matter has been reviewed to control these piracy activities. This paper aims firstly to look into the recent development in Malaysia such as the provisions in Copyright Act 1987 and Optical Disc Act 2000 and then to look to the actions that had been taken by the enforcement bodies in Malaysia to curb these matters.
Keywords: Piracy, Optical Disc, Malaysia
Ahmad Shamsul Abd Aziz
Senior Lecturer, Department of Laws
Nor Azlina Mohd Noor
Lecturer, Department of Law