Les’ Copaque Employee Lodges Police Report After Streaming Platforms Steal New Upin & Ipin Movie

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(Source: Jakarta Post)

No one seems to appreciate the blood, sweat, tears and thousands of hours that go into making an animation.

We often see many artists on social media voicing out about how their creative work has been used without their permission and uncredited.

Recently, an employee in Les’ Copaque Production, the famous production house that made Upin & Ipin, expressed his sadness and anger when the new Upin & Ipin movie, Keris Siamang Tunggal was illegally premiered on streaming sites.

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Posted by Mohd Zarin on Saturday, December 5, 2020

According to a Facebook post by Mohd Zarin, the Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal movie took five years to produce along with a hefty estimated production cost of RM20 million.  

(Source: Mohd Zain on Facebook)

With that much dedication it’s safe to say that for this movie, every scene has been refined, every joke in the dialogue tested, and every detail scrutinised.

“If you’ve watched the film, you’ll know what I mean as it was also produced to uphold the culture and the nation. This is the speciality of Les’ Copaque Production Sdn. Bhd. which always puts the benchmark at the highest level,” he said.

The film was first aired in cinemas last year and then moved on to Astro First not too long ago.

The movie is in demand in Indonesia but fans there have not seen it yet as the production house wants their own Malaysian fans to enjoy it first.

(Source: Mohd Zain on Facebook)

Mohd Zarin was definitely in distraught when he discovered the illegal streaming. He has even lodged a police report and hopes that authorities will look into the issue and sue the people behind the websites involved. He said,

“I wanted to faint and cry when I found out the efforts of my colleagues to produce this film had been stripped away. While we were busy promoting our film, these thieves were busy trying to steal our work for popularity.”

“This is still a wrongful act, and stealing is still stealing. I can’t believe these thieves are not aware of anti-piracy campaigns, which clearly show how irresponsible they are,” he continued. 

Art is not instant, it takes time. We cannot imagine the hard work that the Les’ Copaque Production team has put into this animation.

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