Rights of Copyright Owners in Malaysia
The government of Malaysia has provided certain rights to copyright owners. Copyright owners can be in a form of an individual or any types of company. These rights include legal, moral, and economic rights.
1. Legal rights
This allows 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.
2. Moral rights
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.
3. Economic rights
These rights are granted 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.
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.
For Malaysia, the duration of copyright protection is as follows:
|Literature, music, or any other form of artwork
||50 years following the death of the creator(s) of the copyrighted work.
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.