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A copyright protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture drawings. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.
In Malaysia, copyright protection is governed by the Copyright Act 1987 which provides comprehensive protection for copyrightable works. The Act outlines the nature of works eligible for copyright protection, the scope of protection and the manner in which the protection is accorded.
Malaysia is a member state of the Berne Convention. Berne Convention gives automatic copyright protection to original works without the need for registration. A work is eligible to be protected automatically upon fulfilment of the following conditions:
• Sufficient effort has been expanded to make the work original in character
• The work has been written down, recorded or reduced to a material form
• The author is a qualified person, or the work is made in Malaysia, or the work is first published in Malaysia
In addition, the Copyright Act 1987 provides a voluntary registration system of copyright works in Malaysia to allow the created works for the purposes of identifying and distinguishing the titles and ownerships of works. Through the voluntary registration system of copyright work, it serves as a prima facie evidence in the Court of Law with reference to disputes relating to copyright.
The term of protection for copyright varies with its category. For literary and artistic works, copyright lasts for the life of the author plus 50 years after the death of the author.