18 Apr '15, 10pm

Music and movie firms back website-blocking in Singapore

Music and movie firms back website-blocking in Singapore

The music and movie industries have moved to support website-blocking - made easier under Singapore's recently amended Copyright Act - following criticism that it was not effective. Earlier this week, Hollywood studio Voltage Pictures said website-blocking was "not an effective method of copyright protection" as it defended its controversial move to go after Internet users here for illegally sharing its film Dallas Buyers Club. The comment came as a surprise to other content owners as they had supported the notion of a law to allow website-blocking before it finally took effect last December. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which represents more than 1,000 producers and distributors of sound recordings, will use the new law, which it said "has the desired deterrent effect". Its regional director for Asia, Mr Ang Kwee Tiang, said: "We are looking ...

Full article: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/music-and-movie-fi...

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