Singaporeans among worst online piracy offenders

Data from copyright-holders show Singapore has one of the highest incidences of online digital piracy in the Asia-Pacific region, Law Minister K Shanmugam has told the nation’s Parliament.

On average, it is estimated there are more than 300,000 cases of illegal downloading each month, the worst among 15 countries in the region, he said.

Shanmugam revealed this as he announced the setting up of an Intellectual Property (IP) Steering Committee to develop Singapore as an Asian IP hub.

The committee, headed by former permanent secretary for National Research and Development Teo Ming Kian, will look at developing Singapore as a vibrant marketplace for IP transactions and commercialisation. It will also study the building of world-class IP capabilities and infrastructure.

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