The biggest risk of putting information and photos online is that others can easily copy and post the information or photos as theirs. The worst thing is the other sides never acknowledge the source of information or photos, and treat those as their own. The typical action of copy cats is copy-and-paste part of text from websites or blogs, and post the same in theirs.
Most of Malaysians still think that copying otherâ€™s work is okay since most of them do it since studying years. In some universities or colleges in Malaysia, copy-and-paste issue is not seen as â€œnormalâ€, where else in overseas universities, it is a very serious offence and is categorized as academic deceit. Even when I was studying in university regarding intellectual property in corporate law subject, there is close to zero case about breach of intellectual property law in Malaysia.
The awareness of Intellectual Property (IP) in Malaysia is relatively very low. When we say about IP, most of us will think about Internet Protocol instead of Intellectual Property. Is it the awareness of Malaysians regarding the intellectual property is too low because of low exposure about it, or it is just the â€œtidak apa (literally translated as nevermind)â€ attitidute?
Not only that, we discover that our trademark (Donâ€™t Build Your Website in Jungle) had been copied by two SEO companies in Malaysia. One of them (SEO Consultant) copied trademark in words, and the other one copied our trademark with combination of word and design. Therefore, we had taken legal action on these two SEO companies, and instructed to demand them to remove the trademarked slogan and image from their websites.
Below are the printscreen shots of websites that used our trademark.
What is a trademark? Why did we take such action when infringement of our trademark happened? Trademark defined by Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia as â€œa sign which distinguishes the goods and services of one trader from those of another. A mark includes words, logos, pictures, names, letters, numbers or a combination of theseâ€. Trademark has many functions such as to determine the product or service origin, as an asset, and to determine the quality. However, the ultimate and most important function is to enable customers or the public to recognize the product or service which can directly relate to the owner of the trademark.
We always respect Intellectual Property of others. Therefore, we also hope that players in our same field will also respect Intellectual Property of others. Although the sources can be easily acquired from Internet, it is not an excuse for us to copy-and-paste. We do not mind to share as long as others also respect intellectual property, and understand that each and every piece of work is the result from hard work of its creator.Others | Comments (9)