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They are also being probed for cartel activities by authorities in the United States, China, Japan, Taiwan and Europe.The offences were committed over different periods that spanned a total of up to 16 years, going back to 1997.SCC and Nichicon were fined the highest amounts at about S.9 million each, followed by Rubycon at S.7 million, and ELNA at S3,227.
This, he said, is rarely seen “in such volume” in other parts of the region.TODAY had reported last month about legal set-top boxes flying off the shelves at Sim Lim Square.This was after the CAP — whose members include major entertainment companies — said the devices facilitate “rampant” piracy in Singapore.When contacted at the time, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) reaffirmed its stance that only set-top boxes with decoding capabilities are illegal. The devices highlighted in (the 2014 incident) were designed to decode encrypted broadcast signals, allowing users full access to TV programmes without paying subscription fees.In such a scenario, copyright infringement is an issue as the devices were used in a manner that is illegal,” it said.
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.