Malaysia's 'Tulen' policy: Smokescreen for pirated goods?
I'm sure everyone is aware that the Malaysian government has placed stickers on products that are certified as 'Tulen' by the authorities in order to help curb piracy. It enables authorities to easily identify products as pirated or real. However, is this really a means to battle piracy?
I want to share a story of what I discovered earlier this year: That sometimes, those products sold in shops that are tagged with the tulen tag and are more expensive than your regular pasar malam products can be pirated as well.
One day in early June, I happened to walk into an anime shop, intending to browse the titles for fun. I saw that Howl's Moving Castle had come out, and since I liked the movie very much I decided to buy it. I assumed that it was an original. THen, when I started watching it, I was slightly irritated that the quality was not 100% clear. It was a little fuzzy, but very watchable still. Oh well, never mind I thought. The sound was alright, not bad quality. The subtitles were weird, though it's to be expected. However! When I reached a scene near the middle of the movie, I got a shock. I saw, moving around at the bottom of the screen, the dreaded hantu kepala! It appeared suddenly, and began moving towards the side of the screen. No wonder the quality of the video was not good! Somebody filmed it in a cinema and sold it as an original. Argh.
Honestly. How the heck did the authorities let this get the 'tulen' sticker? I paid extra for what I thought was an original cd, but in the end I found out that it was actually an unauthorized copy. Is our anti-piracy authority actually doing it's job?
Does anyone have any similiar experiences?