Have you heard about Upin And Ipin copyright infringement case in Malaysia back 2011?
It is reported in the latest news in Malaysia, this is the first case of copyright infringement concerning tee-shirts with the famous cartoon ‘Upin and Ipin‘ printed on them.
Upin And Ipin Copyright Infringement
Director Yap Kien Sing of Fook Tai Sdn Bhd, which is a garment wholesaler and manufacturers at Lorong Haji Taib Empat, Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur pleaded guilty.
It was reported that for each of the infringement copy, the wholesaler was fined RM2,000.
For those who do not know, Upin & Ipin is an award-winning Malaysian television series of animated shorts produced by Les’ Copaque Production.
It features the life and adventures of the eponymous twin brothers by the name of Upin and Ipin in a fictional Malaysian kampung (village) called Kampung Durian Runtuh.
In 2009, it was made into 3D computer animated film title “Geng: The Adventure Begins” (in Malay language: Geng: Pengembaraan Bermula).
When this film hit the big screen, it received favorable public response and rave reviews.
After forty-nine days, it grossed over RM 6.31 million(US$1.73 million)
Surprisingly, this animated debut beat major foreign releases, which at that time included Oscar nominees “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button“.
It is a lesson for all Malaysians to know the consequence of copyright infringement.
As we all know using or rather stealing copyright stuff in Malaysia is rampant.
Just take a walk in Petaling Street aka KL Chinatown or in some shopping malls or the street vendors.
Petaling Street is notorious for openly selling fake goods, everything from designer watches, bags to garments and video games.
Plagiarism In Malaysia
Another thing is Malaysia is also known for plagiarism.
I am sure you have read about The Star Dawn Jermiah copied works, so are Malaysian writer Adeline Lee Zhia Ern and the then New Straits Times (NST) group editor Brendan Pereira A/L John Pereira who plagiarized the work of Mitch Albom.
As for Dawn Jeremiah’s case, The Star newspaper and online site in Malaysia did not utter a word of explanation over the allegations of Ms. Dawn plagiarism.
In addition, Dawn Jeremiah called the whole incident as allegation.
Instead of admitting her mistake, she defended the whole incident as not an “intention“, but an “oversight” for not citing the sources
“Betul, betul, betul….” A popular Malay catchphrase uttered by Ipin, which means, “Correct, correct, correct”.