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In an effort to support creators and users of video content, the Singapore government has announced that it will be amending the Copyright Act to update its copyright regime to reflect the modern era of piracy.

singapore cityscape 18Jan2019A critical part of the suite of amendments includes new enforcement measures to deter retailers from profiting from providing access to content through unauthorised sources such as illicit streaming devices such as ISDs – also known as TV boxes — that enable access to pirated TV channels and video-on-demand content.

The Singapore government announced that the new amendments were intended to “complement the existing mechanism for the blocking of flagrantly infringing online locations”. Recent events have made the actions necessary. In November 2018 a study of the content viewing behaviour of Singaporean consumers by the Asia Video Industry Association’s (AVIA) Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) revealed that 15% of consumers use a TV box which can be used to stream pirated television and video content. The same month, Singapore’s High Court ordered internet service providers to block access to popular illegal applications  that are frequently sold pre-loaded on Android TV boxes.

Commenting on the new development, Louis Boswell, AVIA CEO said: “AVIA welcomes the government’s proposals to update Singapore’s Copyright Act to be relevant to the technological developments of today. The application and ISD ecosystem is seriously impacting all businesses involved in the production and distribution of legitimate content and generates huge revenue for criminal syndicates and retailers who profit from selling access to stolen intellectual property.”

Neil Gane, CAP general manager added: “Illicit streaming devices and their associated applications are by far the most important copyright infringement issue in Singapore. Liability for ISD retailers under the present version of the copyright act exists, but establishing it is not straightforward. We are pleased that the government has recognised that this lack of legal clarity had allowed ISD retailers to mislead consumers that the content accessible through such TV boxes was legal and that requisite subscription charges went to rights-holders – which they did not. Hopefully ISD retailers will no longer be so heavily represented at Singapore IT exhibitions and IT malls.”