Year 2018

MRM is Officially Launched
On 5 February 2018, the Minister of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism, YB Dato’ Seri Hamzah Zainudin, officiated the launch of Music Rights Malaysia Bhd (MRM) as the sole licensing body for collective music royalty collection activities in Malaysia.

At the initiative of the Government, MRM was formed by four existing music licensing bodies namely Music Authors’ Copyright Protection (MACP) Bhd, Public Performance Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PPM), Recording Performers Malaysia Berhad (RPM) and Performers Rights and Interest Society of Malaysia Berhad (PRISM) with a mission to achieve fair value for music.

Effective with retrospective effect from 1st January 2017, MRM will be the one stop centre to issue copyright music licence for all related public performances, broadcasting, commercial rental and reproduction for any as yet unlicensed music use and moving forward.

It is a long-waited solution for commercial users, copyright holders and the Government for the usage of copyright music in Malaysia.

If music is played in public places without a licence from MRM, premise owners and/or event organizers may be liable for civil and criminal copyright infringement under the Copyright Act 1987. Music users may also refer to the Copyright Tribunal if any licensing scheme dispute arises.

The MRM Board of Director is chaired by YABhg Tun Dato’ Seri Zaki bin Tun Azmi and made up of representatives of the existing licensing bodies. These bodies will then distribute royalties collected by MRM to their respective members comprising composers, lyricist, artist and musicians as well as music publishers and recording companies.

The launch was attended by representatives from MDTCC, Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), major commercial music user associations in Malaysia as well as music industry personalities.
Visit by new MyIPO Director of Copyright
On 17 January 2018, MACP had the pleasure of having MyIPO’s new Director of Copyright Division, Puan Rashidah Ridha Binti Sheikh Khalid at our office together with Encik Noor Aliff Bin Musa, the Assistant Director at the Copyright Division, and Encik Zulkarnain Bin Muhammad, the Deputy Director General (Strategic & Technical), Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO).

Puan Rashidah was previously the Legal Advisor of MyIPO and later the Director of Patent Formality & International Registration Division. She replaces Encik Mohamed Fairuz Bin Mohd Pilus, who is now the Director of Intellectual Property Academy of MyIPO.

Puan Habsah, Dato M. Nasir and Mr. Jack Teoh welcomed our guests from MyIPO and the Management took the opportunity to update them of the recent developments with MACP.
New Appointments!
MACP is pleased to inform of our new appointments effective 1 January 2018.

Puan Asiah Sanan, fondly known as Kak Aishah, joined MACP as a Clerk under the Licensing Department on 17 February 1992. A few months after that, she was transferred to the Membership & Distribution Department and was promoted as an Officer. In 1999, the two departments were separated and Aishah was made Senior Officer of the Membership Department. In 2012, she was promoted to Assistant Manager and was granted a staff to assist her in the department. 26 years is a long time to serve in one single company and we congratulate her for her well-deserved promotion as Manager of the Membership Department.

Puan Normasayu Alias joined MACP on 11 June 2012, as the Licensing Coordinator in the Licensing Department. After the Licensing team left to join MRM, she was tasked with assisting the General Manager in secretarial as well as new media licensing work. We congratulate her for her new role as the New Media Officer.

Ms Lim Hwei Peng joined MACP on 2 January 2014 as a Clerk in the Documentation and Distribution Department handling general documentation and distribution matters. We congratulate her for her new role as an Executive in the Documentation and Distribution Department!

Justin Johari joined MACP on 1 August 2011 as the Legal Manager in charge of the overall legal matters of the company. He also assisted the General Manager and the Licensing Department. In 2016, he was tasked with managing the Membership Department as well. We congratulate him for his new role as the Assistant General Manager.