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Government May Crack Down on Owners of Single VCDs

Issued: November 01 2009
The Government of Malaysia may be cracking down on ownership of pirated video compact discs, according to a report by the Bernama news agency. Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government is considering taking action against the owner of even a single pirated VCD.
“Under the law now, any person who has one pirated VCD is not guilty, but if the person owns more than three, action can be taken,” he said. “My personal view is that if a person owns one pirated VCD it is already an offence,” he said at a World Intellectual Property Organisation Seminar on the creative industry in Kuala Lumpur.
Bernama reported that the Copyright Act would be amended to eliminate weaknesses and to ensure the country’s intellectual property law system was current.
It also reported that the amendment would also involve action to be taken against owners of business premises who allowed their premises to be used for illegal activities.


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