Singapore is a “haven for pirating copyrighted programs”

Surprise surprise, who would have thought that clean cut, good two shoes Singapore would be labeled a “heaven for pirating copyrighted programs. The people that bestowed us this title are non other than the Coalition Against Piracy.

The Coalition includes entertainment companies such as Walt Disney HBO, the English Premier League, Sony and Twenty First Century Fox. These companies want action done against the popular streaming devices that provides thousands of movies, TV shows and live sporting events.

The companies want the Singapore Government to block the pirating software inside the devices. These boxes can easily be found and purchased at local electronic stores and online commerce sites.

“Within the Asia-Pacific region, Singapore is the worst in terms of availability of illicit streaming devices,” Mr Neil Gane, general manager of the Asia-focused coalition was quoted as saying, referring to countries where the boxes are considered legal. “They have access to hundreds of illicit broadcasts of channels and video-on-demand content.” he added.

The entertainment companies find the piracy here shockingly rampant.

According to London-based Digital TV Research, online TV and movie piracy will cost the industry an estimated US$31.8 billion (S$42.9 billion) in global revenue this year, reaching US$51.6 billion by 2022. This would make the Asia-Pacific region will be come the largest for online piracy next year.

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore said that copyright infringement is not so much about a device or technology as it is about whether that device or technology is used in a manner that is illegal.

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