- Thursday, December 06, 2007

No More Downloading?

There goes Limewire, Ares, Bitcomet, and etc. Citizens of Malaysia are prohibited from any illegal downloading. This news, extracted from The Star, gave me quite a shock. (It also made me go 'noooooooo' for a long time.)

Download at your own risk

KUALA LUMPUR: If you download material illegally from the Internet, be prepared to fork out a minimum fine of RM250,000.

This is the warning from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry to Malaysians who continue to illegally download songs, videos and the like.

Although this penalty was legislated more than 10 years ago under the Copyright Act, it has yet to be fully enforced.

This was because the Government was still focusing on “physical enforcement”, encompassing continuous efforts to weed out pirated DVDs, VCDs and CDs sold on the streets and their operators.

Deputy Minister Datuk S. Veerasingam said yesterday that while this remains their main priority, cracking down on Internet download offenders was also gaining momentum.

“For the past three years, we have seen a significant reduction in copyright pirates. This is due to the continuous efforts of our enforcement officers.

“We will also very soon make Internet download offenders our priority,” he said.

Veerasingam was speaking to reporters after opening the Wipo Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar on the Issues and Recent Developments of the Wipo Copyright Treaty and the Wipo Performances and Phonograms Treaty on behalf of the minister.

More than 75 participants from 11 countries are taking part in the three-day seminar.

Veerasingam said that the maximum fine for downloading material illegally from the Internet was a whopping RM500,000
How, then, are we going to find soundtracks that are unavailable in Malaysia? Students like me who couldn't afford to pay excessive transportation fee for sending products ALL the way from US or Japan, how can we get our desired items?

So, I'm currently going to be stuck with my collection of songs until I have money to purchase them - which is very demoralizing. I don't have that discretionary money to spend of expensive albums that have less than 10 songs. Plus, not all of them are pleasant to the ear!



zewt said...

talk only la...

pinksterz said...


ask for your friends who are at overseas to download and transfer the songs to you lah!

easy. xD

AdRIaN said...

aiyo...cannot download westlife songs edi...:P

SlowCatchUpKuan said...

pokai lor like this!

Jon Chu said...

[zewt] waaah.. duno are they serious or not. Hmmm.. Cuz I wonder how will they track us too.

[pinksterz] haha. if I'm not wrong, illegal downloads is more prohibited and enforced overseas wor. haha.

[adrian] HAHAHA. now you still listen to westlife songs? can't find their songs anywhere ady.. haha..

[Slowcatchupkuan] ya lo. T.T haih wat to do?

Suit Lin said...

they can track using IP addresses if they really want to la. The thing is how can they effectively do so only.

The thing is as we all know effective is not really the adjective to use for the law enforcers here. heh.

pinksterz said...

hahahaha! then all the malaysian at oversea shud be arrested! we download way more than when we were in msia! :P

Jon Chu said...

[suit] I wonder how 'reinforced' is that law. :D

[pinksterz] THAT - I don't dare comment because I've not been overseas. AWWWWW. hahaha.

AdrianC said...

malaysia internet already so freaking slow...catch what?

oh yea...RM250,000 fine for downloading that 30 seconds length porn. WOOOOOT!

Robin said...

nah..trust me. they will no do that.
how are they going to catch us? search from house to house?

Jon Chu said...

[adrianc] HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA. Yeah. true. I've to restart my com when the internet ain't working well.. HAHAHA.. the 30-sec porn.. well, maybe the policemen are trying to screen themselves... cuz they're the gatal ones.. haha..

[robin] IP addresses?

lawrence_teoh89 said...

the 30 sec porn?

Wah!! Jon also see this kind of thing wan ah? lol

Jon Chu said...