Piracy Crackdown

 

Found out about this piece of news from Facebook’s shoutout and went to search for confirmation. Unfortunately I did not manage to find any on The Star Online but I did manage to return some results from The Sun. 

It seems that the Malaysian Police have received new directives to crack down on movie and music piracy. 

These new directives will see police officers setting up road blocks to search vehicles for pirated discs and they may also search homes.

Here are some of the excerpt from The Sun :

The Police’s Side :

IGP orders crackdown on music and movie piracy

KUALA LUMPUR (April 15, 2009) : Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan has directed state police chiefs to crack down on music and movie piracy, China Press reported today.

Following the directive, police are expected to get tough with pirates. Their action will include setting up roadblocks to check vehicles for pirated discs.

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Khalid said police raids on houses, hawkers centre, restaurants and commercial premises are usually carried out on public tip-offs.

Full Story Here via The Sun

The NGOs : 

NGOs against police raiding homes for illegal discs

GEORGE TOWN (April 15, 2009): Several Penang-based Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are against the police’s move to raid residential houses for pirated discs.

 

 

Penang Consumer Protection Association (PCPA) president K.Koris Atan said the move was “not feasible and ridiculous”, adding that it was just a rumour being circulated by the public.

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Meanwhile, Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) said the crackdown in the circulation of pirated DVDs and VCDs should begin from the source, not the consumers.

“Even if they (the police) were to go after the consumers, the pirates would be able to make their way to put their products in the market,” said CAP vice-chairman Mohideen Abdul Kader (pix).

He added that the police must have a warrant from the court for them to enter people’s residence to search for pirated goods.

“However ,this is a gross invasion of privacy of the residents in their own houses,” said Mohideen.

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) Penang coordinator Lau Shu Shi said: “It is an invasion of privacy of any civilian.

“Without the necessary information and warrant, the police cannot simply enter anyone’s house or pry into someone’s car at a roadblock,” she said.

Full Story Here via The Sun

My Opinion :

It is impossible. Period. The focus here is totally wrong wrong wrong! Checking vehicles and homes?! In my opinion, it is a waste of time. The amount of vehicles (let’s just forget about the homes) in Malaysia alone is staggering. I do not think the police force is large enough to go against the whole nation. 

Even if the police force is large enough, let’s face the facts here. Eliminating pirated discs alone will not stop piracy. It will not even cause a dent in my opinion. Piracy will still go on simply because there is this thing called the Internet and this term called Download. 

I am guessing most of us here today no longer purchase discs anymore simply because we can get whatever we want by just exercising out fingers on the keyboard and mouse. We don’t even have to go anywhere. This type of piracy won’t even have a physical form. There won’t even be a disc (well unless you decided to burn onto one).What the police are going to do next? Search our computers? Even so there are virtual drives online where we can store our data. Then what?

To put it in a crude way, indirectly, the very technology that we have created to help us, are the very ones that made piracy possible. And with the invent of the internet, piracy has gone from local to global. I posted a post a few days ago showing just how fast things are moving nowadays. It is just impossible to stop it. You will be up against the whole world!

My point here, after taking you for a long walk around the park is that, the police are wasting resources and time. They should instead spend more time on ensuring public safety, maintaining peace and solve the many crimes that needs solving, not this – curbing piracy. I just feel that it’s wasting the tax payers’ money. 

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