More proactive action needed to fight digital piracy

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – The Malaysian government has acknowledged that more proactive action is needed to fight digital piracy in the country, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said.

He said this was to ensure that Internet users and media consumers did not take the issue lightly as digital piracy had caused a huge blow to the Malaysian economy.

Speaking at the Kuala Lumpur Digital Content Anti-Piracy Summit, Gobind said Internet users in Malaysia downloaded a whopping 84 million content files comprising movies and TV shows from BitTorrent last year.

According to Irdeto, a digital platform security company, Malaysia recorded the second largest share of content piracy in Southeast Asia at 17 per cent in 2016, he said.

“Another study found that the number of visits to websites carrying pirated content is twice the number of visits to websites with legitimate content,” he said.

The minister said these illegal activities had caused the entertainment and media industry RM1.05 billion in loss of revenue and the government RM157 million in loss of taxes along with 1,900 job losses.

“Therefore, unless firm action is taken against the perpetrators, these figures are expected to grow on a yearly basis, and we are aware that the creative content industry players have been restless for a support system to strengthen their fight against digital piracy,” he said.

According to Gobind, the intellectual property and copyrights were blatantly disregarded when the content was exploited and misused online without due credit to the creators.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo speaks with reporters at the launching ceremony of Kuala Lumpur Digital Content Anti-Piracy Summit yesterday. – BERNAMA