Shed a tear or two, ye pirates, when you bid farewell to Pirate Bay and all other illegal file-sharing sites in Singapore.
Singapore is the latest in line with other nations, such as the UK, in the battle against piracy website use, and it’s succeeding very quickly. The Parliament has approved and passed the amendments to the Singapore Copyright Act, which was first proposed in April. If you’ve been a frequent visitor of Pirate Bay or KickassTorrents (tsk tsk), this spells bad news for you.
These two sites, along with a few others, are now top of the list in being blocked and if approved, could be down within eight weeks – that means it could be enforced by the end of August.
Tightening anti-piracy laws
A key aspect of the modified law now gives content owners the right to directly seek High Court orders to force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like SingTel and StarHub to crack down on “flagrantly infringing" websites.
Previously, they were only allowed to request that ISPs block out pirated content, and even then, these were taken down on a case-by-case basis. As for ISPs that don’t comply, content providers can now sue them too, and we doubt any of these ISPs want to be caught in a litigation debacle.
As for you pirates, it’s time you remove any hopes of catching the next season of Game of Thrones over illegal file-sharing sites. It’s a good thing the series is on a hiatus, so you have plenty of time to mend your broken heart and come up with supposedly legit ways to catch your favourite shows through the likes of Netflix and Hulu.