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Kidneys for sale: A case of self-defense?

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").

July 13, 2008 by

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David takes on Goliath, in realm of copyright

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.

July 7, 2008 by

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Sign o' the times

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.

June 6, 2008 by

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World of Internet patents lands on Singapore's shores

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.

May 27, 2008 by

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Sex, lies and video(tape)s

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.

May 25, 2008 by

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Keeping lawyers current

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.

March 11, 2008 by

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The bright exposé of Hong Kong's Edison Chen

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.

February 12, 2008 by

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About that leak

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.

February 3, 2008 by

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Playing copyright games

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".

February 3, 2008 by

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