Friday, October 14, 2005

Public Discussion by MDC

The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC) is holding a walk-in public discussion on Malaysia's draft Creative Commons licences this month.

It will take place at Universiti Malaya's Tun Suffian Auditorium, from 8.30am to noon, on Oct 26.

This will be the first time the event is open to the public; the three previous discussions were by invitation only.

MDC had on March 29 signed a collaboration agreement with Creative Commons, a San Francisco-based non-profit organisation, to adapt its licences to suit the Malaysian context.

The Creative Commons website enables copyright holders to grant some of their rights to the public while retaining others through a variety of licensing and contract schemes. Its intention is to avoid the problems that current copyright laws create for the sharing of intellectual property.

The Creative Commons Malaysia community project is hosted by the MDC, which plans to launch it at year-end.

Among the issues that will be up for discussion is moral rights under the Copyright Act 1987 which prevent others from presenting a person's work without attribution or with incorrect attribution, even after that person's death.

Another is whether copyright holders can exclusively waive their right to collect fees and royalties, either individually or through representatives and performance rights societies.

Creative Commons is said to be more suitable for digital works, which can be easily duplicated and modified, especially with today's remix culture – where someone might rip a CD track and modify it digitally on a computer.

For more information, call Linda Wang or Choy Sook Yee of Tay & Partners at (03) 2050-1888.


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