An exterior view shows the new logo of Singapore Telecom displayed on its building in Singapore on January 22, 2015. — AFP picSINGAPORE, April 8 — Singtel is the latest and third Internet service provider here to comply with a court’s order to release details of some 150 subscribers who have allegedly downloaded Oscar-winning film “Dallas Buyers Club” illegally online.
A Singtel spokesperson told Today that it received the order yesterday.
She added that the company had initially refused to dislose information of its subscribers when it first received a letter from United States company Dallas Buyers Club LLC’s lawyers requesting identities from the alleged illegal downloaders.
“We believed we had a duty to protect the confidential information of our customers,” she said.
The company then engaged Edmund Eng from Shook Lin and Bok to defend its case.
Among other things, the lawyer highlighted Singtel’s legal obligations to keep its customers’ information confidential and requested the court to consider if evidence provided by Dallas Buyers Club LLC was sufficient to support their claims of infringement and compel disclosure of its subscribers’ identities, she said.
However, the court allowed the order to proceed and Singtel must now turn over requested information to Dallas Buyers Club LLC by the end of this month.
Dallas Buyers Club LLC, which owns the film’s rights, had identified more than 500 Singapore Internet Protocol (IP) addresses from subscribers of Singtel, Starhub and M1 where the movie was downloaded illegally.
M1 was the first to comply with the court order in January to release the names, IC numbers and addresses of subscribers linked to the IP addresses identified.
Over the weekend, Samuel Seow Law Corporation, which represents Dallas Buyers Club LLC’s suit in Singapore, reportedly started sending letters to Internet users here asking for a written offer of damages and costs within three days of receiving the letter.