Keeping Singapore's eye on SOPA and PIPA

Summary:A while ago I wrote about what Asia needs to know about the Protect IP Act, as well as the Stop Online Piracy Act, also known as SOPA.It is also fascinating to watch the events of the last few days where SOPA and PIPA were on the verge of being introduced as legislation in the U.

A while ago I wrote about what Asia needs to know about the Protect IP Act, as well as the Stop Online Piracy Act, also known as SOPA.

It is also fascinating to watch the events of the last few days where SOPA and PIPA were on the verge of being introduced as legislation in the U.S., but amid a strong push by Silicon Valley companies--notably Wikipedia and Google--as well as a public e-mail campaign, the senators supporting the legislation withdrew their support.

It seems that SOPA and PIPA have been stopped in their tracks, at least for the moment. However, for Singapore at least, it would be premature to take our eyes off the ball.

On Jan. 12, the country's Minister for Law K. Shanmugam announced that his ministry is in discussion with the Motion Picture Association on the piracy issue.

In comments on his Facebook page, the Minister explained that the issue was being studied and he reported that one association was "extremely unhappy with the state of law".

So it seems that at least at a discussion level, we will have the same struggles with SOPA and PIPA equivalents. The question I have is, where are the Googles and Wikipedias of Singapore which will lend the alternative view for a fuller discussion?

Topics: Piracy

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