Malaysian authorities crack down on copyright infringement

April 2005

Record Labels, Music Publishers

Enforcement officers in Malaysia have raided an entertainment outlet for playing music in public without the consent of Music Authors Copyright Protection Association (MACP) on Thursday. The 43-year-old operator was arrested and would be charged under Section 45 of the Copyright Act which carries a RM50,000 fine or five years’ jail, or both, upon conviction. Authorities also seized two VCD players, an electronic stereo system, an equaliser, an amplifier, a television set, a speaker, a VCD and a catalogue of songs. There were between 40 and 60 people at the outlet during the 3am raid by six ministry enforcement personnel and MACP representatives. The operator had been previously visited and had been issued warning letters last year in a bid to educate him to comply with the copyright law before playing music in public. Usually a venue operator must pay a RM2,500 fee annually to obtain a licence from MACP before playing music in public.

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