Petaling Jaya, Malaysia - 12 June 2011
The Malaysian government has banned filesharing websites. Ten filesharing sites have been blocked.
Malaysian Communications andCommission (MCMC) has ordered all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block the following sites:
An MCMC spokesperson confirmed the ban and said it was done on the request of the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry.
The reason for the ban? To combat piracy. Apparently, the above websites were among the most visited sites by Malaysians to illegally download movies.
When asked about surfers who legally use the sites for storing non-pirated content, the ministry's enforcement division director-general Mohd Roslan Mahayudin said they will look into any appeal made.
Interestingly, the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Malaysia Bill of Guarantees states that the Government will not censor the Internet.
Writer's comment - I wonder how this is going to combat piracy when pirated movies, including PORN are sold in public! Many shopping malls have DVD outlets selling pirated movies to anyone who wants to buy them.
Roadside vendors operate without any fear of the authorities. DVD covers depicting nude women in graphic poses can be looked at by any passer-by, including young children.
Why isn't any action taken against malls that allow these PORN peddlars to operate on their premises? Are the authorities turning a blind eye to these illegal activities?