Three students detained in "Ops Spyglass"

PUTRAJAYA (Nov 25, 2013): Three teenage students were detained in separate raids at their respective houses in Selangor and Penang for allegedly downloading local films without permit.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry's (MDTCC) enforcement director, Roslan Mahayudin, said the students, a 15-year-old and two aged 18, were detained during raids, code named "Ops Spyglass", conducted last Oct 29 and Nov 8.

The students were placed on police bail and allowed to sit for their respective examinations when the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) were held, he told a media conference here today.

He said the students would be charged under Section 41 1(G) of the Copyrights Act 1987 for making or having in their possession devices for the purpose of making infringing copies.

Roslan said the a notice would be issued to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to block access to websites used as portals to download local films without the permission of the owner of the copyright.

The most popular, he said, was www.ganool.com, believed to be operated by a youth in East Java, as well as http://pencurimovie.sx/ and http://moviepecah.blogspot.com/.

He advised parents to monitor their children's cyber activities to prevent them from engaging in unlawful activities. – Bernama