Knowledge Base Issues

  • What is copyright?
    The subject matter of copyright is usually described as 'literary and artistic works,' that is, original creations in the fields of literature and arts. The form in which such works are expressed...
  • Who is an author? Who owns copyright?
    Under Section 3 (Interpretation) of the Copyright Act 1987, an author in relation to literary works, means the writer or the maker of the works; in relation to musical works, means the composer;...
  • What does the Copyright Act 1987 provide?
    Copyright protection in Malaysia is governed by the Copyright Act 1987 which provides comprehensive protection for copyrightable works. The Act outlines the nature of works eligible for copyright...
  • What is Copyright Tribunal? What is the purpose of establishing Copyright Tribunal?
    The Copyright Tribunal is an independent body established under the Copyright Act 1987. The main function of the Copyright Tribunal is to settle various types of disputes, where the parties cannot...
  • Why is there a need for Copyright (Amendment) Act 1997?
    Information technology has challenged the traditional concept of copyright protection. The Amendment Act, which amended the Copyright Act 1987, came into force on the 1st April 1999. This Act...
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