About Copyright Law

Motion pictures and other audiovisual works that are available for rental or purchase are intended for personal, home use only. Pre-recorded DVDs ("Videos") that are available for rental or purchase include the right to exhibit a movie for home use only. These motion pictures do not include a licence for showing outside one's home.

If you wish to show the work in any other place, you must have a separate licence that specifically authorises the public performance of that work.

These simple, straightforward rules are detailed in the Malaysian Copyright Act.

  • According to the Malaysian Copyright Act, only the copyright owner holds the exclusive right to cause "the communication to the public" (Section 13(1)(aa)). Some limited exceptions do exist when performing the work for purposes of non-profit research, private study, criticism, review or the reporting of current events. (Section 13(2)). All other public performances of film are illegal unless they have been authorised by licence.
  • Non-compliance with The Copyright Act is considered infringement and carries steep and significant penalties, including an account of profits or damages (Section 4).

Please do not hesitate to call us at (65) 63920152 or send an email to myinfo@mplc.com with any questions about the Malaysian Copyright Law.