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Anti-piracy law set to kick in soon

Content owners can then seek court orders for ISPs to block piracy sites

Published on Jul 8, 2014 9:22 AM
Posed photo of Internet user downloading data via BitTorrent. -- ST PHOTO: FILE

A proposed copyright law aimed at piracy websites like The Pirate Bay is expected to come into force by the end of next month.

The Bill was put before Parliament yesterday and was on the verge of being passed when the sitting was adjourned. It is expected to be passed today.

First mooted in April, it will let content owners seek High Court orders to get Internet service providers (ISPs) like SingTel or StarHub to block websites that "clearly and flagrantly infringe" copyright.

Currently, content owners can request only that ISPs block pirated content. They can sue the ISPs for copyright infringement if they do not comply. But this could mean months of litigation, so no content rights holders have tried it.

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Background story


The prevalence of online piracy in Singapore turns customers away from legitimate content and adversely affects Singapore's creative sector. It can also undermine our reputation as a society that respects the protection of intellectual property.

- Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah