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Changes to Copyright Act likely to be passed by Parliament

"The prevalence of online privacy in Singapore turns customers away from legitimate content and adversely affects Singapore's creative sector," says Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah, ahead of likely approval of changes to the Copyright Act.

SINGAPORE: The proposed amendment to the Copyright Act which seeks to to put a stop to online piracy had its second reading in Parliament on Monday (July 7). Senior Minister of State for Law Indranee Rajah said the bill seeks to give copyright owners greater ability to protect their rights in the online space.

"The prevalence of online privacy in Singapore turns customers away from legitimate content and adversely affects Singapore's creative sector. It can also undermine our reputation as a society that respects the protection of intellectual property," she said.

One key measure is to allow owners to obtain blocking orders against infringing websites, which they can apply directly to the court for. Previously, one needs to send a request to network service providers to disable access or remove copyright infringing material. The bill is likely to be passed when the Parliament sits again on Tuesday (July 8).

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