Malaysian batik industry: Protecting local batik design by copyright and industrial design laws

Rohaida Nordin, Siti Safina Abu Bakar

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Abstract

The batik is one of many popular handicraft products. Malaysia, through its agency, Malaysian Handicraft, has stepped forward to promote the Malaysian batik as an artistic product. As a result, the Malaysian batik has become a sought after product by consumers and tourists. Unfortunately, the popularity of the Malaysian batik has sparked the interest of other batik producers, such as China and Vietnam, who imitate the designs of local batik producers. Such acts negatively impact the local batik industry as the imitation products are priced considerably lower than articles produced by the local industry. This article analyses how existing intellectual property laws in Malaysia can be utilised to protect the local batik industry. The analysis also considers the potential problems in utilising intellectual property law as a framework for protection and provides recommendations to address such problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-132
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Business and Society
Volume13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Batik design
  • Batik industry
  • Copyright act 1987
  • Industrial designs act 1996
  • Intellectual property

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  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management
  • Business and International Management

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Malaysian batik industry : Protecting local batik design by copyright and industrial design laws. / Nordin, Rohaida; Bakar, Siti Safina Abu.

In: International Journal of Business and Society, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2012, p. 117-132.

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