18 Jan '12, 6am

SOPA/PIPA looms over Singapore

SOPA/PIPA looms over Singapore

SOPA/PIPA threatens internet services that depend on user-generated content. Last Thursday, Law Minister K Shanmugam dropped a bombshell during the launch of “The Mortal Enemy”, the winning trailer for The Originals Get Reel Contest organised by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). He revealed that the government is in discussion with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) over the issue of piracy and measures discussed include blocking websites that host pirated materials and setting up a voluntary regime involving Internet Service Providers. Remarkably, these measures are similar to a pair of controversial draft American legislations known as the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and Protect the IP Act (PIPA). Given MPAA is one of the key proponents behind SOPA/PIPA in the United States, it appears that MPAA is promoting SOPA/PIPA-like legislation...

Full article: http://newasiarepublic.com/?p=35588

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