Singapore to launch piracy fight on Internet

Updated: 2010-10-19 13:39
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SINGAPORE - Singapore will launch several projects next year stressing the importance of respecting copyright laws, through social networking site to maximize its impact on young Internet users, local daily The Straits Times reported on Tuesday.

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The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (Ipos) said the move was in recognition of the fact that online media are fast becoming a ubiquitous element in the lives of Singaporeans.

As a result, the Internet has become a key battleground in the fight against piracy.

While there is no current statistics on how extensive online piracy is, one indicator is the quantity of file-sharing data, which accounts for 43 percent of an Internet service provider's traffic.

However, Ipos pointed out that it is incorrect to assume peer- to-peer sharing is synonymous with piracy and illegal downloads.

Ipos has also taken a softer tone with its flagship Honor Intellectual Property Alliance public education campaign.

Previous campaigns cautioned against IP infringement and the risks it entails, but today's education increasingly emphasizes supporting originality.