Copyright Application Procedure

Step by steps to application Copyright for any creative works in Malaysia

1/8/20244 min read


  Copyright is a legal requirement that grants exclusive rights to the original creators of artistic, literary, or intellectual works. It ensures that their work is protected from unauthorized use or reproduction by others. Copyright protection extends to various forms of creative expression such as books, music, films, software, and artworks. By obtaining copyright, creators have the right to control how their work is used, reproduced, distributed, or displayed, and they can grant or deny permission for others to use their creations. This helps to incentivize innovation and creativity by providing creators with a means to profit from their work. Copyright also plays a vital role in safeguarding the integrity and originality of creative works, fostering a vibrant and diverse cultural landscape.

Thus, this legal protection encourages innovation and creativity by providing creators with the confidence that their work will be recognized and rewarded. Copyright also plays a vital role in preserving cultural heritage and promoting artistic expression. From literature to music, film to photography, copyright serves as a vital tool in the modern era to support and nurture the creative industries. Therefore, it is imperative to prioritize copyright and its enforcement to foster a thriving and diverse creative landscape.

In Malaysia, copyright protection is essential for safeguarding intellectual property rights Up to 50 years. Copyright grants exclusive rights to creators of original works, such as literary, artistic, musical, and dramatic works, as well as films, sound recordings, and broadcasts. To apply for copyright in Malaysia, you need to fulfill certain requirements. Firstly, your work must be original and demonstrate sufficient creativity. Secondly, it should fall within the categories protected by copyright law. Next, you need to complete the application form, providing detailed information about the work and the rights you seek to protect.

Begin by completing the necessary forms, providing detailed information about your work and yourself as the creator. You will also need to submit a copy of your work along with the application such Soft copy of the pendrive or Original DVD. Next, pay the required fee for copyright registration, as outlined in the Act, as previous charge one copyright application is around RM200 (Not refundable if rejected). Additionally, you must submit a copy of the work, proof of authorship, and pay the required fees at the counter at MYIPO by Bank card (No longer accept cash). Before you proceed to the application please ensure the information creative work you want to protect is under correct classified Copyright Types, you can ask the administration by email and direct ask before the proceed further. The application will be examined by the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) for compliance with copyright laws. Once approved, copyright protection is granted, giving you the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, display, and perform the work, and to authorize others to do so.

After the submission of the application, you must know that there is grace period of 30 days of after application of submission. This grace period of a copyright application refers to the time period during which an applicant can rectify any errors or omissions in their application without facing any penalties. It provides a certain level of flexibility for applicants to correct their mistakes and ensure that their copyright application meets all the necessary requirements. This grace period is designed to help applicants avoid unnecessary delays or rejections in the copyright registration process. It allows them to address any issues identified by the copyright office or examiner and make the necessary amendments. However, it is important to note that the length of the grace period may vary depending on the jurisdiction and specific copyright laws. It is advisable for applicants to be aware of the specific grace period applicable to ensure a smooth copyright registration process.

During the grace period of copyright application, it is not possible to sue others for copyright infringement. The grace period is a designated time frame that typically occurs before the copyright is officially granted. During this period, the application is being processed and evaluated. It is important to note that copyright protection is not in effect until the copyright is officially granted. Therefore, any potential infringement that occurs during the grace period cannot be legally pursued. However, once the copyright is granted, the copyright holder can take legal action against any infringement that occurs from that point onwards. It is crucial to respect and abide by copyright laws to protect one's creative work. Please Kept the receipt of the application submitted ,the receipt of your application has your copyright registration number. So whenever you wonder your application status you can go to MyIPO to check the status of the approval.

Please noted that no application copyright allowable to be made it online, all application must be submitted manually to MYIPO counter directly. Then, there is no need for Statutory declaration confession for the creative works needed when submitted the application. Once it approve, the Copyright Certificate will be sent to your register address as per in the application form priorly you fill in its. Then you can start published your creative works online and start making profit and royalties for the works that you've submitted.

In Malaysia, copyright royalties play a crucial role in protecting the rights of creative individuals. These royalties serve as a form of compensation for the creators, ensuring that their original works are not misused or exploited without their permission. The Malaysian government, through the Copyright Act, recognizes the importance of such royalties and provides a legal framework to enforce them. The Act ensures that copyright owners receive fair remuneration for the use of their works, whether it be in the form of music, literature, films, or other artistic creations. This supports and encourages a thriving creative industry in Malaysia, fostering innovation and cultural development. It is essential for businesses and individuals to respect and adhere to copyright laws, as they contribute to the overall growth and sustainability of the creative sector in the country.