The National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) has released a statement announcing that it has established a Piracy Eradication Committee as a measure to eliminate illegal film distribution activities. The corporation said that the move is aimed at empowering enforcement, regulations and the terms of distribution licenses in line with the provisions under the FINAS Act 1981 or Act 244.
The corporation noted that these acts of piracy include selling, renting or lending via social media, e-commerce and other online platforms. Film distribution licence holders are reminded by FINAS to cease any of the aforementioned illegal activities as they violate the stipulated licensing conditions.
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Tarikh: 26 Oktober 2020
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In addition, the corporation is also monitoring public complaints received on film distribution without the approval of the copyright owner. “FINAS is open and we welcome cooperation with any related agencies to eradicate unlicensed distribution of films,” it said in the statement.
The statement added that FINAS would be taking stern actions against the parties involved with illegal distribution practices which violates Section 22 (1) and Section 25 (1) of the aforementioned act. Those found guilty will be fined of not more than RM50,000 or jail not exceeding two years or both upon conviction.
Members of the public with information and complaints on the matter are encouraged to email to FINAS at [email protected].