Anti-piracy law to come into effect in Singapore end-August 2014
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More sites that show a blatant support for piracy will go down, if content creators lodge complaints with internet service providers

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Earlier this week, the Parliament of Singapore approved a proposed copyright law, which will come into play this end-August, according to the Straits Times.

Content getting its day in court

The law, which was first proposed and debated in April 2014, has potentially deep implications. Going forward, content owners can now seek High Court orders to obtain permission from internet service providers (ISPs) like SingTel, StarHub, M1 and MyRepublic, to ban websites that “clearly and flagrantly infringe” on copyright, read the same report.

If ISPs do not comply with taking down such content, content owners can sue for copyright infringement or seek out an injunction against these firms. However, some netizens have called this law out as “futile”, since such content can still be accessed via workarounds like virtual private networks (VPN).

In addition, websites that display a blatant support for piracy, like The Pirate Bay, are being targeted, and will be blocked when the act kicks in next month.

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