Call To Tighten Copyright Act

by Anita Devasahayam

KUALA LUMPUR: University Malaya law professor Molly Cheang has slammed the country’s present copyright laws as inadequate for the protection of software and computer-related products and urged the government to draft a separate legislative Act for this purpose.

Cheang was speaking at a workshop on Computer Programs and Software organised jointly by the Law Library Consultants, Pikom, Institute of Banks Malaysia and Sweet and Maxwell of London.

The current Copyright Act 1987, Cheang said, was outdated because the legislators who drew up the Act did not envisage new technology at that time and the principles governing the Act were not necessarily the same anymore.

Cheang called for a fresh look at the elements involved in software copyright rather than “moulding the products of history” (referring to the present Copyright Act).

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