Malaysians troll film licensing rule on social media with cat videos, fancams, and more

A cat (left) and a woman speaking on the phone (right). Photos: HH13 and Aminoz B
A cat (left) and a woman speaking on the phone (right). Photos: HH13 and Aminoz B

Malaysians not happy that they would soon need to obtain a filming license to produce videos on social media are trolling the Communications and Multimedia Ministry by filling their feeds with random clips before the rule takes effect. 

From cat and food videos to fancams, many of them including former youth minister and TikToker Syed Saddiq have jumped online to express their disapproval of the new rule that was announced by Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah today, amid an ongoing probe into Al Jazeera’s production of a COVID-19 documentary he has criticized for being misleading.

 

 

 

Although Saifuddin did not yet disclose when the new rule would take effect, netizens wasted no time to express their frustrations. The would-be rule is expected to apply to all forms of video content, including documentaries, TikTok videos, and even Instagram stories.

“Are my cat videos violating the law because I don’t have a license from Finas?” Twitter user Reza Zainal asked, in a post that included a video of him playing with his cats.

 

Some also asked whether they would need a filming license to produce X-rated videos on the popular subscription-based OnlyFans platform.

“WAIT DOES THAT MEAN YOU NEED FINAS LICENSE FOR ONLYFANS???????? YOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo,” tweeted @Adultting. OnlyFans is an online subscription service widely used by X-rated entertainment content creators across the globe.

“Let’s all start onlyfans so finas has to review all our nude vids omg that would be so cool!” Twitter user @Eswants2die added. 

Syed Saddiq chimed in, reminding content creators of how costly a filming license was in Malaysia.

“Do I really need a license that costs RM50,000 for this video of myself jumping around in Muar? Please give us a chance,” he said in a tweet that included a 14-second clip of himself showcasing tourist destinations in Muar, Johor.

The clip was uploaded to his TikTok account earlier this month, garnering nearly a million views.

According to Finas’ website, a person or a company would require a paid-up capital of not less than RM50,000 (US$12,000) to apply for a filming license in Malaysia.

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Astro slapped with RM4,000 fine for ‘offensive’ 2015 docu on Altantuya’s murder

Probe into Al Jazeera undermines freedom of speech: CIJ

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