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If you like animation, I would not recommend downloading programmes from the internet in Singapore. Due to falling sales figures and rising home users’ downloading of animation without payment, Singapore-based animation distributor, ODEX has asked for enforcement in Singapore to crackdown on illegal downloaders with the aid of two Internet Service Providers (ISP) to provide them with subscriber data of the offenders.

FINE: Those who admit to downloading Odex-licensed anime will have to pay the company between S$3,000 and S$5,000 in compensation for its enforcement expenses.

However, this caused some controversy as most of the anime fans thinks that it is a way for Odex to generate profit for itself. One hacker (which I believe to be an anime fan) hacked into Odex’s official website and it has been down since then.

1. “Odex”, Wikipedia2. “Odex takes on the world (by mistake)”, Asiaone

Fine for Illegally Downloading of Music from Internet in Singapore

Fined up to S$20,000 and be convicted to up to six months imprisonment term. Distributors of MP3s illegally via media can be jailed for up to five years and fined up to $100,000.

In November 2005, the International Federation for Phonographic Industry (IFPI), worked in hand with the Record Industry Association of Singapore (RIAS) against the illegal distribution of music files on the internet. 33 suspects’ home were raided, with aid from RIAS, who provided the police Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of offenders.

Downloading of music has been available in Singapore since the days of Internet Relay Chat (IRC), then expanding into free music sharing sites and P2P sharing, but the law is believed to have caught up with such acts in Singapore. It is considered a criminal offence under the Copyright Act.