Wednesday, 02 April 2014
The growth of online content theft in Singapore is a topic of growing concern and numbers show that Singapore, on a per capita basis, has an exceedingly high degree of online infringement relative to other countries not only in Asia but around the world.
Singapore’s advanced communications environment providing high-speed internet, attractive ISP packages with unlimited downloads and high smartphone penetration create an infrastructure that facilitates illegal downloading but there are also indications that suggest an increased degree of consumer acceptance of online piracy as a way of accessing content in Singapore.
A recent study by international market researchers Sycamore Research found that 7 out of 10 Singaporean youths admitted to being active pirates, 66% of active pirates agreed that piracy was stealing, and they did it anyway to avoid paying for content.
This situation threatens the continued success of the vibrant media and entertainment industry supporting tens of thousands of high wage jobs in Singapore.
Get informed. Find more information about the problem in the Sycamore study:
See the views of Singapore artists and musicians:
- “Better Internet” Video here
Consultation Paper issued by The Ministry of Law in Signapore
Check out the Singapore Government’s proposals to empower courts to issue injunctions against the most egregious pirate websites:
- Discussion in the Singapore Parliament here