I was reading tflops‘s latest blog post and found out about this piece of news.
Here’s a scan I found.
From The Straits Times dated 12th Nov.
For those unfamiliar with the saga, here’s a brief summary. Last May, a dominant local anime distributor decided to play kami-sanma and began sending letters to those who illegally download animes through Bit torrent. To settle the matter out of court, alleged downloaders were asked to pay up to S$3000 in reimbursement. This caused a public uproar where the anime/otaku community stood up to stand for their rights.
Subsequent developments see the High Court stating that identities of downloaders are to be revealed only to the anime studios who holds the copyrights and not the distributor. That was last year.
Seeing this latest turn of events worries me as should the studios win the case, anime studios might use this example and enforce crackdown to the rest of the world or even prompt other rights owners like movies, music and games to follow suit (locally).
Dark times lie ahead…