The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has warned all merchants against selling streaming technology devices containing copyrighted works without physical or digital permission. Its director of law enforcement, Azman Adam, pointed out that those caught in the act can be fined up to RM200,000 or imprisoned for up to 20 years or both.
This is as stated in Section 43AA of the Copyright Act 1987, whereby the above penalties may be taken against any individual or dealer who has been found selling technology devices streaming media containing copyrighted works without permission. In addition, the KPDNHEP can also take action under the Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Proceeds of Illegal Activities Act 2001, which allows for the freezing and confiscation of all accounts belonging to offenders/suspects if found guilty.
As reported by Bernama, the Director of Law Enforcement of KPDNHEP affirmed that the ministry will take strict and continuous enforcement measures to combat these illegal activities. Additionally, Azman reiterated that the ministry takes the matter seriously and will not compromise with anyone involved in the sale of streaming technology devices containing copyrighted works without physical or digital permission.
In a statement released on Friday, October 21, 2022, Azman also revealed that from 2018 to September 2022, KPDNHEP successfully foiled 531 cases of physical distribution of pirated content worth an estimated RM5.4 million. Moreover, during the same period, the ministry also successfully blocked 2252 websites containing pirated works and a total of 2391 content items were removed for action.
The KPDNHEP Director of Enforcement added that another initiative taken by the ministry to tackle digital copyright violations is to block illegal websites through Cyber Copyright Enforcement (CYCORE). Until last month, a total of 319 websites were successfully blocked, involving the removal of 1,902 pieces of content.
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