What is Copyright?

Copyright is the exclusive right given to the owner of a copyright for a specific period. Copyright protection in Malaysia is governed by the Copyright Act 1987. There is no system of registration for copyright in Malaysia.

A work that is eligible is protected automatically upon fulfillment of the following conditions:-

  • Sufficient effort has been expected to make the work original in character;
  • the work has been written down, recorded or reduced to a material form;
  • the author is qualified person or the work is made in Malaysia or the workis first published in Malaysia.

What Does Copyright Protect?

Works eligible for protection are;

  • literary works;
  • musical works;
  • artistic works;
  • films;
  • sound recordings;
  • broadcasts; and
  • derivative works

These works shall be protected irrespective of their quality and purpose for which they were created.

However, the copyright protection shall only extend to expression and not ideas, procedures, methods of operation or mathematical concepts as such.


Source:  Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MYIPO)