KUALA LUMPUR: The Department of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs warns all merchants not to sell streaming technology devices containing copyrighted works without physical or digital permission.
The ministry’s director of enforcement, Azman Adam, said the ministry would take strict and continuous enforcement actions to crack down on the activity.
“The department takes the matter seriously and will not deal with any individual or reseller involved in the sale of streaming technology devices containing copyrighted works without physical or digital permission,” he said. in a press release on Friday, October 21.
Azman said strict action would be taken, as stipulated in Section 43AA of the Copyright Act 1987, against any individual or reseller who sells streaming technology devices containing copyrighted works without authorization. by copyright.
If found guilty, offenders can be fined up to RM200,000 or jailed for up to 20 years, or both, he said.
He said the department would 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 to offenders or suspects if found guilty.
Meanwhile, Azman said that from 2018 to September 2022, the ministry managed to thwart 531 cases of physical distribution of pirated content, worth an estimated RM5.4 million.
He also said that during the same period, the ministry successfully blocked 2,252 websites containing pirated works, and a total of 2,391 content items were removed for action (content removal).
Azman added that another initiative taken by the ministry to combat digital copyright violations is to block illegal websites through Cyber Copyright Enforcement (Cycore), and until last month, a total of 319 websites were successfully blocked, involving the removal of 1,902 pieces of content. – Bernama