What is Copyright?
It is an exclusive right given to the owner of a copyright to control the use of the work in Malaysia for a specific period. The copyright is protected and governed by Copyright Act 1987.
What works are eligible for Copyright Protections?
Literary works, artistic works, sound recordings, musical works, films, broadcasts & derivative works.
How long to get the copyright works filed or recorded by the Registry
For a smooth application, it will take about 8-10 months. Once the copyright work recorded by the Registry, a certificate of acknowledgement will be issued to the Applicant.
How long does the Copyright last?
Generally, the life of the author plus 50 years after his death; or 50 years after the work was first published (depending on the type of works).
What works are NOT qualified for Copyright protection?
Ideas, procedures, methods of operation & mathematical concepts.
It is compulsory to register and file the copyright?
No, it is not compulsory. But registration of copyright allows the owner to claim titles and ownership of his created works. In case of any dispute, the registration of copyright serves as prima facie evidence in a court of law with reference to the rightful owner of the works.