Duration of Copyright Protection in Malaysia
The duration of the period for which a copyright is valid differs depending on the laws of the country in which the copyright is granted. In Malaysia, copyrights related to literature, music, or any other form of artwork last until 50 years have elapsed following the death of the creator of the copyrighted work. This therefore means that the music, literature, or artwork in question is released into the public domain when this exclusive right to control expires.
Should any work which is copyrighted in Malaysia be designed, curated, or written jointly, the copyright will be in effect until the death of all authors or creators. The artwork will be protected until 50 years after the death of all authors or creators.
Items Permitted to Be Copyrighted in Malaysia
Copyright laws in Malaysia specify the creative items which may be protected through a copyright issued in the country. Among the items which may be copyrighted in Malaysia are musical works, literary works, films, sound recordings, artistic works, derivative works, and broadcasts. Before any of these creative works may be copyrighted, sufficient evidence must be provided which confirms that such works are original pieces.
Rights of Copyright Owners in Malaysia
The government of Malaysia has provided certain rights to copyright owners. These include legal, moral, and economic rights. Legal rights allow the owner, author, creator, or designers of any copyrighted work in Malaysia to protect their work according to the copyright laws of Malaysia. If there is any copyright infringement, the creator or author is allowed to take action against those at fault.
Moral rights allow the author to claim the rights to originality of the creation. These rights also involve the right to prevent any user from mutilating, distorting, or modifying the author’s work in an unauthorized manner.
Economic rights are granted to to the owner of the work so that the owner will receive the right of communication to the public, right of reproduction, right to perform, right to distribution, and right of commercial rental. These rights may be exercised according to the Copyright Act 1987. Economic rights also allow creators to receive financial benefits through the use of their works for commercial purposes.