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Recent News June 30, 2023

Legal IP Issues in Generative AI

The advent of generative artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionized content creation, giving rise to innovative applications like large language models that can generate music, art and text. While it sounds exciting, they also usher in a host of legal intellectual property challenges. We highlight 2 interesting scenarios below: 1. Ownership and Authorship Disputes In traditional […]

Recent News March 31, 2023

Legal IP Issues in the Metaverse

The burgeoning concept of the metaverse, a virtual space where users interact in a computer-generated environment, has not only captured the imagination of tech enthusiasts but has raised significant legal questions, particularly in the realm of intellectual property (IP). As individuals and businesses increasingly engage in virtual worlds, protecting and enforcing IP rights has become […]

Recent News September 30, 2022

Revamped Content Code 2022

The Communications and Multimedia Content Forum of Malaysia has issued a revised Content Code on 30 May 2022. The Content Code is aimed at facilitating industry self-regulation outlining best practices and ethical standards of content disseminated to audiences by content creators and service providers in the communications and multimedia industry in Malaysia. The Content Code […]

Recent News June 30, 2022

Key changes to Malaysian franchise law

The main law governing franchises in Malaysia is the Franchise Act 1998 (FA).  The FA which was recently amended via Franchise (Amendment) Act 2022 (FAA) introduced additional requirements on franchise operations in Malaysia. 1. Registration requirement for foreign franchisors A franchisor is required to register his franchise with the Registrar of Franchises (ROF) (currently the […]

Recent News March 31, 2022

4 Important Amendments to the Copyright Act 1987

The Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2021 was passed on 22 December 2021 and became effective on 18 March 2022 except for item 1 below. Upon receiving royal assent, the law will be gazetted and become law on the appointed date. The main amendments cover the following: 1. Malaysia ratifies the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to […]

Recent News February 11, 2021

If a developer fails to deliver vacant possession on time, calculation of liquidated agreed damages starts from the date of booking fee

On 19 January 2021, the Federal Court delivered its judgment in PJD Regency Sdn Bhd v Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah & Anor and other appeals. This was a case to determine whether the Housing Tribunal was correct in awarding in favour of the relevant purchasers liquidated agreed damages (LAD) commencing from the date of booking […]

General October 17, 2020

MC / JMB can ban short-term rentals through house rules

On 5 October 2020, the Federal Court delivered its judgment in Innab Salil & Ors v Verve Suites Mont’ Kiara Management Corp. This was a case to determine 2 questions of law: 1. Whether the condominium Verve Suites’ house rules (prohibiting short term rentals) (House Rule 3) override and supersede the express land use on […]

General June 6, 2020

Is Will Writing for me?

Situations like the Covid pandemic have caused many of us to wonder about the transient nature of our lives. Many are beginning to find out what to do, especially with regards to estate and inheritance, if they themselves or their loved ones leave this world unexpectedly. There are already emerging internet platforms out there such […]

General December 16, 2019

e-KYC Exposure Draft

In a move to push forward the financial technology agenda and to increase penetration of digitalisation in the nation, Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank of Malaysia) (BNM) has issued an exposure draft on the requirements and guidelines to implement e-KYC for on-boarding individuals to the financial sector. The exposure draft covers various aspects including the […]

General October 18, 2019

Trademarks Act 2019 replaces the old law

The new Trademarks Act 2019 which was passed by the Parliament in July 2019 will replace the Trade Marks Act 1976. The new Act aims to implement the Madrid Protocol which Malaysia has signed late September 2019. The new Act will allow an applicant to obtain trademark protection in other member countries under the Madrid […]