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What is Copyright?

Copyright is the exclusive right ti the owne of a copyright for a specific period. Copyright protection in Malaysia is governed by the Copyright Act 1987. There is no system of registration for copyright in Malaysia. A work that is eligible is protected automatically upon fulfillment of the following conditions:-

  • Sufficient effort has been expanded to make the work original in character
  • The work has been written down
  • The author is a qualified person or the work is made in Malaysia or the work is first published in Malaysia.

What Does Copyright Protect?

Works eligible for protection are:-

  • Literary works
  • Musical works
  • Artistic works
  • Films
  • Sound Recordings
  • Broadcasts; and
  • Derivative works.

Flowchart : UMP's Copyright Management