eLawyer – Exabytes Penang Bloggers & Law Forum 2009

Recently our newly appointed Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim urged bloggers to act and write in a responsible manners. He said bloggers who twist the truth shall face music and be held accountable. Please see more report here and our previous report.

As such, we deem the awareness of legal rights and responsibilities amongst bloggers is increasingly crucial. Bloggers should be aware of laws governing bloggersphere, especially, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998 (MCMC Act) and the relevant rules and guidelines of MCMC, laws relating to copyrights issues and defamation laws.

In fact, after successfully organised the eLawyer Blogging & Law Conference in March 2009 at University of Malaya, KL, we received many feedback from the Penang bloggers requesting us to organise the similar event in Penang.

With the assistance and sponsorship of Exa Bytes Network Sdn Bhd (“Exabytes”), the largest web hosting company in Malaysia, we are glad to announce that we will be seeing you in eLawyer – Exabytes Penang Bloggers & Law Forum 2009 in Penang on 27 June 2009.

(Video of the past eLawyer Blogging & Law Conference which was held on 14 March 2009 at Law Faculty of University of Malaya)

The details of the conference are as follows:

Forum Name: eLawyer – Exabytes Penang Bloggers & Law Forum 2009
Date: 27 June 2009
Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm
Fees: F.O.C.
Venue: Auditorium 1, USAINS, Eureka Complex. (The complex is located at the USM Sungai Dua entrance directly opposite Masjid USM. As you enter the gate, the complex is on your right and the masjid is on your left) 

Language: English
Organiser: www.eLawyer.com.my
This event is exclusively sponsored by www.exabytes.com.my – the No.1 web hosting company in Malaysia

Topic 1: Bloggers & Copyrights Laws
Speaker: Mr. Foong Cheng Leong (Cheng Leong)
Brief profile: Cheng Leong is a practising lawyer in KL. He specialises in intellectual property laws practice. He is an active blogger and owner of www.xes.cx. Cheng Leong started blogging since 2001. He speaks frequently on intellectual property and internet laws.

Topic 2: Bloggers & Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998 (MCMC Act) and rules and guidelines of MCMC
Speaker: Mr.Shamsul Jafni Shafie (Sam)
Brief profile: Sam is the former director of Security, Trust and Governance Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. He was also the Work Area 5 Leader on “International Cooperation” to draft the Global Cybersecurity Agenda for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – http://www.itu.int.

Topic 3: Bloggers & Defamation Law
Speaker: Mr. Stephen Tan Ban Cheng (Stephen)
Brief profile: Stephen is a journalist-turned-lawyer. Currently, he is a practising lawyer in Penang. Stephen was a senior journalist in the famous local newspaper including New Strait Times and the Star for more than 20 years.

Moderator: Mr. Khairul Anuar bin Shaharudin (Kruel)
Brief profile: Kruel is the cybername for Khairul, who is a practising lawyer in KL and an avid bloggers. Kruel participated in numerous bloggers events and his blog Legal Cat-asthrophereceived well comments from the bloggersphere in Malaysia.

Registration: The admission to this Forum is FREE. However, due to limited seat, please R.S.V.P by sending your details (Name, Tel, Email, Occupation and Company/School) to forum@elawyer.com.my before 9pm 26 June 2009 (extended) 1st come 1st serve or call 03-2782 5399 for more information.

See you at the forum!

Exclusive Sponsor:

Exa Bytes Network Sdn Bhd

Supporting Organisations:

Penang Bar Committee

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Online Media Partners:






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13 Responses to “eLawyer – Exabytes Penang Bloggers & Law Forum 2009”

  1. Lainie says:

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  8. Ava Green says:

    Most countries in the third world never respects intellectual property rights. piracy is so rampant in asian countries…”

  9. Steve says:

    Interesting and informative article.

  10. Gopal Raj Kumar says:

    Ava Green: Most people do not respect intellectual property rights anywhere. I do not know what the basis of your contention that “most countries in the thrid world never respect intellectual property rights” is because empirical evidence suggests that there is no one group of countries that “never respects intellectual property rights” as you put it.

    It is a common but sadly misplaced sentiment that third world countries lead the stakes in breaches of intellectual property rights. It is not state policy anywhere from available evidence that a country actively engages in breaching anyone’s intellectual property rights. On that basis alone your statement is not valid. However if you can prove (as opposed to providing anecdotal evidence) the substance of your contention it would make for very interesting material into legal research.

    The United States and Britain, France and Germany are as guilty as China and India or all of the south east Asian countries in their breaches of intellectual property.

    There is a lack of depth to the intellectual property law debate on this forum as it is lacking on many of the other south east Asian legal forums on the subject.

    The reason for lack of depth in this subject is that powerful vested interests from the west always dictate the agenda on such subjects reducing the definitions of intellectual property rights to what suits their own commercial interests best.

    In Malaysia there is neither the history or track record for creating seminal pieces of work in any field sufficient for the country to be interested in viewing the subject from any other point or perspective than that which is put to it by others.

    In countries like Japan and India where intellectual property rights have been created through seminal works for centuries it is an issue and it may be worth observing and studying how and why they maintain their ‘outdated’ laws on copyright and intellectual property rights to this day.

    Gopal Raj Kumar

  11. Max Wood says:

    there are so many intellectual property and copyright violations these days`*-

  12. PA Amplifier says:

    in China, they do not respect intellectual property at all. too many software and movie pirates out there ;;”

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