Government proposes changes to law to tackle Web piracy

Aim is to better protect Internet users, rights owners

[SINGAPORE] The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) is proposing changes to the Copyright Act, which it hopes will better protect the rights of rights owners as well as the interests of Internet users.

The move comes at a time when data suggests that Internet piracy in Singapore is at a worrying level. It has been reported that Singapore has the highest incidence of per-capita peer-to-peer infringement of motion pictures out of the whole of Asia, and that half of all Internet users here access unlicensed sites.

The proposed changes to the law - which will be open to public feedback - will allow rights owners, or the exclusive licensees of the work, to directly apply for a court injunction to block off public...

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