PUTRAJAYA, May 26 – A teenager, suspected of illegally downloading local and international songs and films from a website, was detained in Johor Baharu on Wednesday. Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry enforcement director Mohd Roslan Mahayudin said the 18-year-old was nabbed at his home in Taman Larkin Perdana, following a month’s surveillance. He said several digital equipment including a laptop, personal computer, broadband, router and modem worth RM15,000 were also seized in the raid. “The raid was made after complaints from copywright owners and the public over the website which was used as a portal to download local and international songs and films,” he told a media conference on ‘Ops Trident’ here today.
The raid involved the ministry’s enforcement division, Malaysian Cybersecurity officials and Bukit Aman police personnel. Mohd Roslan said the suspect denied he owned the website, web www.godam.org from which 20 songs were illegally downloaded, including Kita (Forteen), Doa (Nora), Menyemai Cinta Bersamamu (Nora), Titian Usang (Yantzen) and Cintaku (Yantzen). The films, mostly new ones, were also aired without permit on the portal, including 47 Ronin, Gravity, Ride Along, Pacific Rim, We Are The Millers, The Hangover 3, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Wolverine, he said. According to intelligence information, the website was also promoted in several social medias such as Facebook which was also shared by other internet users, he said. Mohd Roslan said the suspect was detained and taken to the Johor Baharu police contingent headquarters before he was freed on police bail.