Top media companies, Premier League initiate Singapore copyright case

Media companies Singtel, StarHub, Fox Networks Group and football’s English Premier League have teamed up to bring a legal case against two Android television box-sellers in Singapore who have been accused of “wilfully infringing” copyright.

Channel News Asia reported that local distributor Synnex Trading, retailer An-Nahl and their respective directors, Jia Xiaofeng and Abdul Nagib Abdul Aziz, face multiple charges.

In a joint statement, Starhub, SingTel, Fox Networks Group and the Premier League said they will continue to take “concerted and decisive action against content piracy through public education as well as via legal channels to uphold intellectual property rights”.

They added: “The alarming proliferation of piracy and illicit streaming devices that are used to view copyright-protected content hurts both consumers and producers. Piracy makes it untenable for producers to keep on creating content for the public's enjoyment and Singapore cannot effectively encourage innovation when intellectual property rights are constantly trampled on.”

The alleged offences occurred between May and September last year and the court proceedings will get underway later this month.