The news over the past few weeks in Singapore is that a few people have been charged in relation to two transactions where kidneys were offered for sale. So far, two sellers, one would-be buyer and two middlemen have faced various charges under the Human Organ Transplant Act ("HOTA").
This ZDNet blog is hosted by lawyers from two law firms, Pinsent Masons and Olswang, who specialize in the Asia-Pacific ICT sector.
On Saturday, news broke that Internet start-up RecordTV has sued Singapore's national broadcaster MediaCorp for revenue losses arising from MediaCorp's allegations that RecordTV's service, which allows users to download free-to-air programs and store them in an online database, infringes copyright laws.RecordTV fired the first salvo last September by suing MediaCorp.
I have just returned from speaking at an international forum called eNotarisation, eApostilles and Digital Evidence.The notarization of documents is a function dating back a few centuries which facilities the production of a copy of a document without producing the original.
I have just written an alert for our clients pointing out that a Singapore company has asked for license fees for the use of what they claim is their technology--a method of locating Web pages by utilizing visual images.According to Vuestar Technology's Web site, a license from the company is required for the clicking, scrolling or streaming over a visual image to connect with a Web site or Web page.
After the Edison Chen episode, Singapore just had to get in on some action. Videos and censorship have recently made their way to the legal headlines again.
I know this sounds like a Stephen King on Discovery channel special but it is not.Life is sometimes funny.
Even lawyers need help--a new initiative was launched in early January to help lawyers keep in touch with developments. Singapore Law Watch is a free "one-stop" legal news service bringing timely notifications of changes to laws and related developments.
The buzz from the region has been on Edison Chen's gift to fans around the world--a whopping collection of pictures and videos that would otherwise have never seen the light of day. Despite initial attempts to claim otherwise, it seems this is the real mccoy (the key word being "seems" because no one has admitted to this thus far) and not the work of some Photoshop protagonist.
So it seems that yet another leak of e-mail addresses has occurred in Singapore. People are fearing that spammers who get hold of such lists would have a field day.
We have just read about game companies asking for boardgames Scrabble and Boggle to be taken down from Facebook, as it is deemed that such games are too close to the original version of these boardgames.Protecting game format has also been an intriguing part of copyright, primarily because copyright famously "does not protect an idea but only the expression of the idea".