Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

US Makes Downloads Illegal In Singapore

from the RIAA-making-laws dept

Graham writes "In Singapore, it will now be a crime to *download* music, movies and computer programs (Bugmenot required). This is a change from the usual 'crime' of file-sharing. The thing that I thought was really interesting about this is that "The change was inevitable as it was required under the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, said Mr Lau Kok Keng, head of intellectual property, technology, entertainment and communications practice at law firm Rajah and Tann." So, it sounds like the RIAA and MPAA are fighting their battles overseas through Free Trade Agreements rather than suing kids overseas... I've not had a chance to research this elsewhere to see if it is really downloading that will be the fine but the story was pretty clear that it is." Here's another version of the story that (at this moment) doesn't appear to need registration. As pointed out, in most other places, the issue is about uploading (sharing of files) rather than downloading. So, even if this is forced by a US trade agreement, it sets up tougher laws than in the US. The law does indicate they'll only go after "commercial scale" downloading, but they don't indicate exactly what that is, and it must be tough to determine, since any "commercial" downloader who intends to sell the stuff he or she downloads is going to look an awful lot like a normal downloader. Also, it's unclear how they determine who's actually "downloading." It's not hard to figure out who's offering files to share, but figuring out who's actually doing the downloading is a bit trickier.

Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1. identicon
    Chris Wuestefeld, Oct 20th, 2004 @ 8:52am

    No Subject Given

    Somewhat tangentially, this reveals either dishonesty on the part of our politicians, or doublethink on the part of the citizens.

    Specifically, if something requires *additional* regulation (in this case, in the form of IP controls), then how can it be termed "free trade".

    This seems like "trade that's restricted in ways that are more favorable to us".

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2. identicon
    auMose Cowherda, Oct 22nd, 2004 @ 4:31am

    US imposes their legal shiat on

    the recent usa-aus "free" trade agreement included requirements that aus adopt all of the usa ip & copyright type laws. ie dmca & pirate laws he we come ! as to beef & sugar exports to usa, the've got quotas. no sir, might hurt the republican voters ....

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3. identicon
    Jake Wong, Oct 9th, 2006 @ 6:14pm

    US says downloading is illegal...

    So if the downloading of music, games and movies are illegal in singapore, does that makes the other downloading of other items like anime (cartoon) or korean dramas or any foreign shows illegal as well?

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4. identicon
    cuteeirika, Apr 4th, 2009 @ 6:07pm

    I guess so, since a lot of forum readers have actually replied that the law was made to turn the favor to US and copyrighted companies so that they may earn lots more money. Also, lots of Singaporeans are downloading for their own personal use but some people said that the police were too free so the government made them catch illegal downloaders which includes many Singaporeans. Moreover, many of the Singaporeans actually oppose to this so called term "free trade" as it requires them to pay a lot more money just to download music and etc.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5. identicon
    custom plastic molding, May 6th, 2009 @ 4:54am

    Our Route: Where in the World?

    Thailand and Myanmar We just can't seem to keep ourselves together! Just six weeks after Holly rejoined the Lost Girls expedition, Jen's jetting off across the Atlantic to visit her extended family--and celebrate her Grandpa's 80th birthday. While Amanda scaffolding was shocked to learn that five members of her own clan will be visiting her in Bangkok, she's even more blown away that her dad and his new wife are willing to journey through the heart of Myanmar to hang with the remaining LGs. Once there, the foursome will take a seven-day river cruise past the country's famed pagodas, then return to printing Bangkok to meet up with the rest of Amanda's family. Wisely distancing herself from the pack, Holly will hightail it to Koh Tao to get plastic injection molding her dive certifiate and catch a few gorgeous sunsets.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6. identicon
    newest jordan shoes, Nov 9th, 2010 @ 12:02am

    newest jordan shoes

    I love how you guys always change the mysterious voodoo into common sense tests. Thanks SEOMoz for letting CRE tell your story so we could learn how to think like human beings instead of bots.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.