The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has stressed that MCMC and SIRIM certification on Android TV boxes do not cover applications that stream and download copyrighted content by illegal means.
The commission explained that the certification issued by the two bodies only cover technical compliance of device Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules outlined and enforced by the MCMC.
The MCMC has issued a stern warning to distributors and retailers to not misuse the MCMC mark by giving a false impression to consumers that Android TV boxes with pre-loaded illegal streaming apps are endorsed by the MCMC and SIRIM.
In its official press statement, the MCMC said that it will not hesitate to take action on any parties who are found to misuse the certification mark. If a violation is found, the MCMC will exercise its right to revoke the certification of the Android TV box without prejudice and will recall all units that have been sold in the market.
The general public is reminded to be wary of Android TV boxes that come pre-loaded with applications or streaming packages used for streaming copyrighted content illegally, as this is a criminal offence.
Meanwhile, between October 2018 and January 2020, the MCMC has issued compounds amounting to MYR67,000 towards four offences for the purchase and sale of uncertified Android TV boxes. Additionally, there have been seven other cases that have been charged in court, with fines issued amounting to MYR194,500 in the same period.