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Copyright Infringer Fined for Unauthorised Astro Content

Kuala Lumpur’s Ampang Session Court has announced that a salesperson, Leong Wei Xiang, 23, was fined RM20,000 (USD$4390) for selling TV boxes pre-loaded with unauthorised Astro content under Section 43AA (2) of the Copyright Act 1987. He pleaded guilty to the charges and paid the RM20,000 fine.

Leong committed the offence on 21 October 2022 at an outlet at Dataran Pandan Prima, Selangor. He was found in possession of four Android TV Boxes preloaded with unauthorised content.

This year alone, Astro has filed five legal actions against piracy and copyright infringement where a total of 10 individuals were found guilty and fined accordingly.

The Copyright (Amendment) Act 2022 was gazetted on 10 February 2022. Enforcement of the law was implemented by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) on 18 March 2022.

The key impact of the amendment is the criminalisation of the sale of illicit streaming devices (ISDs) and associated software applications that allow unauthorised access to copyright content. Anyone found guilty can be fined a minimum of RM10,000 to a maximum of RM200,000 or be imprisoned up to 20 years, or both.

The amendments to the Copyright Act followed the declaration by the Intellectual Property High Court in Kuala Lumpur in May 2021 that the sale, offer for sale, distribution and/or supply of ISDs that can provide unauthorised access to copyrighted works, constitutes copyright infringement under the Copyright Act 1987.

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