Say goodbye to The Pirate Bay and other file-sharing sites in Singapore

Proposed amendment to the Singapore Copyright act gives content owners the power to block such sites through service providers

Stop pretending, we know you've been downloading the latest season of Game of Thrones through The Pirate Bay even before its Asian premiere. Not anymore, because it might be blocked in Singapore soon.

Proposed amendments to the Singapore Copyright Act could end the reign of Internet piracy by the end of the year. Content owners will soon be handed more content blocking privileges similar to those available in the UK.

The Government has been deliberating the bid to curb infringing websites in Singapore since 2013. With this proposed amendment, it'll enable right holders to enforce their copyrights, forcing Internet service providers (ISPs) to block infringing websites, such as The Pirate Bay, by applying directly to the High Court for permission.

This is a change from the current system, in which content owners have to produce a takedown warning to ISPs if they intend to halt access to copyright. In the event that an ISP doesn’t conform, content owners have to file a suit against them. A list of factors will also be drafted up to ensure infringing sites don’t affect legitimate search engines.

This, however, won't stop tech-savvy users who can evade such measures through the use of a virtual private network (VPN). "No measure, no matter how well it is designed, can deny access to all illegal content,” said the Ministry of Law.

Currently, providers such as MyRepublic and Viewqwest offer integrated VPN services with their plans. VPN services are in abundance too, most of which cost a mere S$10 monthly subscription, allowing you access to geo-restricted services such as Hulu and Netflix.

The changes will take effect by the end of the year, when it officially gets passed in Parliament.

On the bright side, you'll still have ample content to watch on StarHub's cable channels or SingTel's mioTV. You'll just have to pony up for the monthly subscription.

Source: Today

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Comments

Screw that shit.  MioTV and Starhub and most importantly, Mediacork dont do shit. It takes ages before something from the US gets aired here. and most importantly the price is sometimes totally bullshit. This is really the main reasons why I hate them. And another thing is animes. You basically cant get shit for animes cos why, we have a very weak anime broadcaster and who the hell got time to watch animax or other anime channels. Btw besides blocking just this, block STOMP too. i heard its dumb.

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