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The Case For Criminalising Primary Infringements Of Copyright – Perspectives From Singapore, Cheng Lim Saw Jan 2010

The Case For Criminalising Primary Infringements Of Copyright – Perspectives From Singapore, Cheng Lim Saw

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Hitherto, criminal liability only attached to, inter alia, the commercial manufacture, importation, distribution and sale of infringing copies of copyright material.1 In the noncommercial context, it was also a criminal offence to distribute infringing materials that had a prejudicial impact on the copyright owner.2 The defendant therefore could not be subject to criminal prosecution for infringing acts that were not motivated by profit or that did not involve “prejudicial” distribution. Only civil liability attached to copyright infringements for what may be loosely termed “non-commercial” purposes. All this, of course, changed when the United States–Singapore Free Trade Agreement ...