The latest country to introduce legislation that could see popular filesharing sites blocked by ISPs is Singapore. Its amended copyright law will enable rightsholders in various industries to apply for High Court orders to force telcos to block access that “flagrantly infringe” copyright. TorrentFreak reports that sites could be blocked within eight weeks of a successful application, in what looks like a comparable process to what’s been happening in the UK. “The prevalence of online piracy in Singapore turns customers away from legitimate content and adversely affects Singapore’s creative sector,” said Singapore’s senior minister of state for law Indranee Rajah. The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents are thought to be high on rightsholders’ hitlists for blocking when the law comes into force.

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