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Title: Selected issues relating to the protection of databases under copyright law in Malaysia
Authors: Khong, Wye keen
Keywords: Protection of databases
Copyright law
Malaysia
Database producers
Database users
Issue Date: May-1999
Publisher: University of Malaya
Abstract: This study attempts to examine the legal issues related to the copyright of databases from the point of view of database producers and database users. Database producers are chiefly concerned of two things, the legal protection of their work and the efficient enforcement of their rights. The issues affecting database producers are on the varying standards for copyright subsistence among different jurisdictions, the difficulty of ascertaining authorship, proof of infringement, and the difficulty of protecting against illegal use, unfair extraction and re-utilisation. Issues affecting database users that were investigated include the extent of information use in databases permitted under copyright law, the problem of sole source information in databases, impact of online databases to collection management policy, the possible diminishing of public domain, and the tyranny of errors in database content. Librarians and information professionals should make use of opportunities to fully understand the implication of copyright on the use and production of databases. They should also participate actively in discussions on and formulations of policies affecting the use of databases in libraries and user communities as a whole. Otherwise, pressures and lobbying from database producers will tilt the balance towards a more protectionist regime. ABSTRAK Kajian ini berusaha untuk meneliti isu undang-undang hakcipta pangkalan data dari segi pengeluar pangkalan data dan pengguna pangkalan data. Pengeluar pangkalan data mementingkan dua perkara, iaitu perlindungan undang-undang kepada hasil mereka dan keberkesanan penguatkuasaan hak-hak tersebut. Isu-isu yang dibincang termasuk masalah perbezaan tahap perolehan hakcipta di negara-negara yang berbeza, kesukaran untuk mengenalpasti pengarang, bukti pelanggaran undang-undang, dan kesukaran untuk melindungi pangkalan data daripada penggunaan haram, pemetikan tidak adil dan penggunaan semula. Persoalan yang menjejas pengguna pangkalan data termasuk tahap penggunaan maklumat yang sah, masalah maklumat punca tunggal dalam pangkalan data, kesan pangkalan data talian terus kepada polisi pengurusan koleksi, kemungkinan pengurangan kepunyaan awam, dan kesilapan dalam kandungan pangkalan data. Perpustakawan dan pakar maklumat mesti mencungkil peluang untuk memahami implikasi undang-undang hakcipta dalam penggunaan dan penghasilan pangkalan data secara mendalam. Mereka juga mesti menyertai secara aktif perbincangan dan penggubalan polisi yang menjejas penggunaan pangkalan data dalam perpustakaan dan masyarakat pengguan. Sekiranya tidak, tekanan dan pengaruh dari pengeluar pangkalan data akan menggoncang keseimbangan hakcipta kepada satu regim yang lebih melindungi pengeluar pangkalan data.
Description: Dissertation (M.L.I.S.) -- Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya, 1999
URI: http://dspace.fsktm.um.edu.my/handle/1812/675
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