About Copyright Law

Motion pictures and other audiovisual works that are available for rental or purchase are intended for personal, private use only. 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 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 nonprot research, private study, criticism, review or the reporting of current events (Section 13(2). All other public performances of Videos are illegal unless they have been authorised by licence.

Noncompliance with the Copyright Act is considered infringement and carries steep and signicant penalties, including an account of profits or damages (Section 41-43).



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