From an engineer who could not land a job in Kuala Lumpur, Faiz Al-Shahab is now running a promising South-East Asian e-book and interactive content portal that has successfully raised funding and hit almost US$270,000 in revenue last year. Karamjit Singh has the story.
What do Japan’s Blue Sky Library, Malaysia’s answer to John Wayne, and the first recorded composer from New Zealand, all have in common? They could all disappear from their countries’ public domain for the next 20 years, if the current agreement on copyright term extension in the TPP holds, writes Dr Jeremy Malcolm of the EFF.
The concept of intellectual property (IP) as a proprietary source of revenue is being challenged by other monetisation models, said renowned scholar and speaker Mohan Sawhney.
The leak of the TPP's IP chapter confirms that we were all right to be worried – the TPP is indeed bad news, writes Dr Jeremy Malcolm.
The Malaysian Government has made moves towards enabling IP rights to be valued and also used as collateral to obtain financing; but companies too must look at their IP assets and prepare to either leverage or protect what they have created, writes Gabey Goh.
Whilst copyright owners have rights, consumers have rights too. Dr Jeremy Malcolm looks at how the copyright enforcement industry has overstepped the bounds of proportionality and fairness.
Many Malaysian websites seem unaware that intellectual property rights apply to online content as well, while others are more unscrupulous -- confident that they can get away with copying and pasting others’ content.