1. Legal Rights
Author, copyright owner, and performer is given an exclusive right to control under the copyright law. Legal rights that are given to them include the rights to enforce their copyrighted works in cases of infringement either by civil or criminal action. In terms of criminal prosecution, it is conducted by the Enforcement Division of Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism (MTDCC), or Royal Malaysian Police.
2. Economic Rights
Economic rights that are given to rights holders include rights of reproduction, rights of communication to the public, rights to perform, showing or playing to the public, rights of distribution, and rights of commercial rental. These rights can be exercised during the period of protection governed under the Copyright Act 1987. Economic rights allow the owner of the rights to derive financial rewards from the use of his works by the user or commercial purposes. Form of economic rights can be by way of assignment, licensing, and testamentary disposition.
3. Moral Rights
· Paternity Rights
These rights allow the author to claim the originality rights of his or her creation.
· Integrity Rights
This right authorizes the author to prevent any users from distortion, mutilation, or other modifications of his or her works whereby the result of the modification will significantly alter the original work and adversely affect the author’s honor or reputation.
Whoever use any copyrighted works without consent or authorization from the author, copyright owner and performer, it may constitute an infringement under Copyright Act 1987. Amongst the act of infringement includes: