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Friday, October 4, 2013

Copyright in Malaysia

In Malaysia and Asia in general the word Copyright has an entirely different meaning. It is often said that Copyright means: "my right to copy!"  A very unfortunate play on words and it is taken literally!

Here are some photos to show you how copying is part and parcel of life here:

Aka Easy Jet

Is Richard Branson investing in Tudung Material?

No Comment!

Cher, Ferrero Rocher


  1. Yup. In Malaysia, anything goes. The irony of the last photo! I have seen designers blatantly downloading images from the web to use with brochures and they don't think that is wrong. It's a kind of silly wide-eyed innocence which can be baffling especially to expats. Asians typically don't find these issues problematic. To steal is to take something physically; the logic goes that if it is not physical aka ideas, it can't be stealing.

  2. I am with Krista Goon. I think these people are cultured (innocently copy) to do so already and it is so hard to change this now. You made a good observation Erika :-)

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Thank you ladies for your comments. Did you know that there is a copyright and patent office next to the Bangsar LRT station. I wonder what frustrations they face in upholding their work.


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