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Singapore court deals body blow to illegal streaming sites

The Asia Video Industry Association’s (AVIA) Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) has commended the Singapore High Court for granting an Order to block 30 illegal streaming sites and almost 150 associated domains responsible for the distribution of considerable quantities of illegally streamed content in Singapore.

The order was obtained by CAP members BBC Studios, Discovery Communications, LaLiga, the Premier League and TVB International against illegal streaming sites that were offering access to some of the most sought-after content, including premium sports, drama and entertainment. 

Under the Order, ISPs (Internet Service Providers) must disable access to these illegal sites and their associated domains. The Order covers the greatest number of sites and domains yet sought by CAP members against illegal streaming sites that recent studies have shown pose significant malware and security risks to consumers.

One study showed that a typical user visiting illegal streaming sites could be infected by ransomware, several Trojan horses, and other Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) within 42 seconds on a Windows machine, and 78 seconds for an Android device.

“Illegal streaming sites are simply illegal,” said Matthew Cheetham, CAP’s General Manager. “Piracy is not a victimless crime and hurts not only content providers, but also consumers who can be exposed to viruses and malware when accessing illegal sites, including malware that can access a user’s sensitive data such as banking details.

“Enforcement is key, but so is consumer education.

“This Order carries a dual purpose in not only blocking access to illegal content but also informing consumers that the sites are illegal.”

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