Law regarding dating agencies
Apart from content producers, rights owners of different industries — such as fashion houses or drinks manufacturers for example — have been known to cooperate with one another to bring prosecution against alleged offenders, said Mr Gilbert Leong, a lawyer from Dentons Rodyk.“It shows that as an industry, they are concerned,” he added.
Lawyer Bryan Tan of Pinsent Masons added that the case would be the “first of its kind”, and it would be interesting to see “what kind of decision the court arrives at”.
When contacted, an employee of An-Nahl said the company no longer has set-top boxes on its inventory, and has returned them to Synnex Trading.
On Thursday, Synnex was still selling the set-top boxes at S9 each.
Previously, set-top boxes – used to stream movies, television shows or sports programmes – had decoded encrypted broadcasts offered by Star Hub.
The sale and distribution of these decoders are illegal under the Broadcasting Act.
To bring about a private prosecution, the complainants would have to go through a few hurdles, including getting a fiat or a permission from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), said Mr Leong.