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Copyright Registration

Copyright is a form of intellectual property that exclusively allows its owner to reproduce, distribute, perform, display, or license their work. Copyright protection is available for a wide range of creative works, including books, music, plays, movies, and artwork. To qualify for copyright protection, a work must be original and show some minimal amount of creativity.

Additionally, the work must be fixed in a physical form, such as a book, painting, or computer file. Copyright law is designed to encourage creators to produce new works by giving them control over how their works are used. Copyright protection stops others from being able to copy and sell someone’s work without their knowledge or permission.


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Frequently Asked Question

What is copyright?

The Malaysian Copyright Act 1987 confers copyright protection on the authors of original works. Ideas in a fixed form, such as a book, song, painting, photograph or computer program, are protected by copyright. A copyright holder has the exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, and publicly perform or display his work.

In some cases, the author may also have exclusive rights to create derivative works based on the copyrighted work. Copyright owners may license their works to others for use in exchange for payment or other considerations.

Why is copyright registration important?

Copyright registration is important because it creates a public record of the copyright claim. This can be helpful in case of a dispute, as it can provide evidence that the work is copyrighted and that the copyright holder is the person or company registered with the Copyright Office. Additionally, a copyright registration entitles the copyright holder to certain benefits, such as statutory damages and lawyers’ fees in legal proceedings.

How to apply for copyright registration?

To apply for copyright registration, you will need to submit a complete application form along with the required documents. You can apply online using our website. 

How long does it take to process a copyright registration?

The registration of a copyright in Malaysia takes approximately six to eight weeks. However, this is only an estimation, and the actual time frame may vary depending on a number of factors, such as the difficulty of the case and the workload of the Registrar’s Office. If you have any specific questions or concerns, it is best to consult us for more clarification. 

Who is eligible to apply for copyright?

Under Malaysian law, copyright protection extends to a wide range of works, including literary, artistic, musical, and dramatic works. A work must be original and have been produced with some degree of creativity in order to qualify for copyright protection. Additionally, the work must be affixed in a tangible form – meaning it must be recorded in some way (such as on paper or on a computer). If you’re looking to apply for copyright in Malaysia, there are a few things you need to know. First, copyright law in Malaysia is governed by the Copyright Act 1987. This act establishes the rights of creators and owners of copyrighted material and sets out the rules for how copyrighted material can be used.

Who is in charge of copyright registration in Malaysia?

The Malaysian Copyright Office is the body responsible for copyright registration in Malaysia. They are located within the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs and handle all applications for copyright registration on behalf of authors and creators.

What are the benefits of having a copyright?

There are many benefits of having a copyright. Some of the benefits are as follows:

  • Copyright gives creators an incentive to create new works. For example, in Malaysia, copyright holders are allowed to control the use of their works for a limited period of time, which encourages them to produce new works that can be enjoyed by the public. 
  • Copyright helps to ensure that creators are fairly compensated for their efforts.
  • It helps to promote creativity and innovation. By giving creators exclusive rights over their works, copyright encourages them to come up with new and innovative ideas. This, in turn, leads to a more vibrant and diverse culture as well as increased economic growth.
  • Copyright protects the public interest. By ensuring that creators are fairly compensated for their work, copyright helps to ensure that works are available to the public for a longer period of time. 
  • It helps to prevent any unauthorized use of copyrighted material, which can harm the public.
  • Copyright helps to protect the interests of consumers. By ensuring that creators are fairly compensated for their work, copyright helps to ensure that consumers can enjoy high-quality works at reasonable prices. 
What are the requirements for copyright registration in Malaysia?

To register copyright in Malaysia, you will need to submit a completed application form along with the following documents: 1) A copy of the work to be registered; 2) A copy of the author’s identification card or passport, and 3) The registration fee. 

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