KUALA LUMPUR: Munafik 2 director Syamsul Yusof has taken off his gloves and is suing an individual from Taiping, for allegedly uploading his best-selling horror on Facebook and Instagram on Sept 19.
“We’re very sad and disappointed that video piracy remains rampant. It happened to my earlier movie Munafik and it’s happening once again to Munafik 2,” he said at a press conference at the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) here today.
“Enough is enough! No more playing nice. I’m suing. It is high time for filmmakers to unite and take legal action against any video pirate caught in the act and identified.”
Meanwhile, Syamsul’s father Datuk Yusof Haslam who is also the managing director of their film company Skop, said: “This seems to be the only ‘language’ these pirates understand after countless warnings. Some of these pirates challenge us to sue them. So here’s what we are going to do with one person.
“We hope it will teach them a good lesson and send a strong message not to fool around with intellectual property.
“Now is not the time for talk, we must act. In fact we must bite!” he added.
Skop Productions has resorted to legal action against a 30-something, who goes by the social media name Sasuke Kun for infringing their copyright to Munafik 2.
He had allegedly uploaded the RM2.8 million film on Facebook and Instagram, and shared it amongst Netizens.
Skop subsequently reported this to the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry and the police, and filed a civil suit against the Netizen at the Taiping High Court on Oct 8.
The following day Skop had obtained an ex-parte injunction from the court, and its application was heard by Judicial Commissioner Asmadi Hussin.
The injunction stops Sasuke from infringing Skop’s copyright, uploading Munafik 2 on social media, sharing it with the public, making copies of the film, and selling and distributing it.
Under Section 41(1) of the Copyright Act 1987, individuals who keep and distribute copies of intellectual property without the approval of the owners can be fined RM20,000 for each copy, jailed less than five years, or both.
The hearing is set for Oct 22 at the Taiping High Court.
At the press conference, also present were Munafik 2 stars Asmawi Ani and Nasir Bilal Khan, and Skop’s lawyer Aizul Rohan.
Munafik 2 has been screened in more than 120 cinemas nationwide, 29 in Singapore and Brunei, and 116 in Indonesia since Aug 30.
It has collected a record RM43 million at the box office, including RM1 million in Brunei and RM4 million in Singapore.
Currently being screened in a record 116 cinemas in Indonesia, Skop has plans witto screen it in Thailand, Cambodia and Hong Kong.