Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Odex wins suit against Starhub and stands to get millions from anime fans

Odex doesn't look like it will stop its efforts to pursue anime downloaders in Singapore. In the latest news, the company says it has won a suit against Starhub to release the names of 1000 of its subscribers that have been downloading anime illegally. From AsiaOne:
StarHub had earlier resisted Odex's efforts to obtain the data, citing "an obligation to protect our customers' information."

"In the instance of Odex, they have satisfied the court of their need for the information. As such, we will comply with the court order," said StarHub spokesman Michael Sim.

Once Odex obtains the identities of the Internet users alleged to have downloaded the anime videos, the company will likely contact them and seek compensation of up to 5,000 Singapore dollars from each, Odex Director Stephen Sing said. The users will also have to destroy any stolen content and stop further illegal downloading.

"Singapore's downloading situation is very bad," Sing said. "We have engaged companies to track illegal downloads in Singapore, and ratio-wise, we're actually right up there in the illegal downloads in the world, in terms of Japanese animation."
Let's say Odex is able to get $5000 from each downloader. Hmm, that means it stands to get $5 million max, from those 1000 illegal downloaders - and that's not counting the other downloaders using Singnet or PacNet. No wonder those guys from Odex are desperate to take this drastic action. It's all about the money.

Previously:
Hardware Zone forumers exposed Odex director?
Odex vs Singapore Anime fans

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

haha pathetic dogs trying to earn quick money from sueing. especially a peticular dog called Stephan Sing, mocking people getting sued. Dog for life, Stephan Sing. your life is screwed. GG

Shy said...

With all the money they are going to get, they can close shop soon.

GeekGod said...

How much do you think Odex makes so far out of selling vcds?

Think they make more suing people.

Mr Big said...

I doubt they can get $5k from each downloader but a few thousands here and there, it still adds up to quite a sum for them.

Anonymous said...

fuck! they caught so many people.

Anonymous said...

THEY R GONA CATCH MORE. PACNET NEXT!

Myra Leong said...

Wow! I did not know there are so many people in Singapore downloading anime.

Anonymous said...

Yes, they might not fine so much like 5k for each case, but imagine, if they request for another 1000 more? or so on and on. Imagine how much they can squeeze from us?
Others company like obex will start to come in, tagerting movie downloaders, mp3 downloaders, etc...
Whao, imagine all these fine can add up to be few hundred millions or more. haha. imagine you are paying fine and fine even you have stop downloading.
And the only thing you can do?
Pay fine , fine and fine.

Anonymous said...

Check this out :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odex#Anime_licensed_by_Odex

Anonymous said...

seriously, with subs like theirs, even a 3 year old will know where and how to get better subs. odex subs does not include

-sidenotes on refrences to japanese culture
-puns
-and they DIRECTLY translate from HK/taiwan( or any other chiense subs for that matter) subs. therefore they save money for their golden toiletbowl/golden tap instead of spending them on translator who actually know japanese

Ryen (Ethical IT Specialist) said...

Legal Conspiracy
In the legal letter that was sent to the downloader stated “we have been authorized by various Japanese animation licensors and members of the Anti Video Piracy Association (Singapore (”AVPAS”) (as Listed in APPENDIX A annexed hereto) to represent them in connection with the protection and enforcement of their rights in their Japanese animation titles.”

Questionable legal action from Singapore legislation arised, since Singapore ISP disclosed privacy information to ODEX. AVPAS as an individual body that ODEX represents is a conspiracy as evidence found on both AVPAS and ODEX website were registered under the same company.

Legislation HOLE
Does that mean that any “tom, dick or harry” person could setup a similar AVPAS(company, association, organisation) and said that we represent that AVPAS body in pursue of legal action and damages that you had incurred to them?

Concrete Evidence
Using WHOIS to check on the both parties AVPAS(avpas.com.sg) and ODEX(odex.com.sg) - [http://whois.domaintools.com/]

—————————————————————
Registrar: Webvisions Pte Ltd

Registrant:
NETROASIA PTE LTD

Domain Name: avpas.com.sg
Creation Date: 21-04-2007 09:04:19
Expiration Date: 21-04-2008 09:04:19
Domain Status: Active

Owner/Main Contact:

Name:NETROASIA PTE LTD(SGNIC-ORGNE96353)
Registered Address(line1): 3 Anson Road
Registered Address(line2): #35-02
Registered Address(line3): Springleaf Tower
Registered Country: Singapore
Registered Postalcode: 079909

Mailing Address(line1): 3 Anson Road
Mailing Address(line2): #35-02
Mailing Address(line3): Springleaf Tower
Mailing Country: Singapore
Mailing Postalcode: 079909

Administrative Contact:

Name:ODEX PTE LTD(SGNIC-ORGOD113223)
Registered Address(line1): 10 Anson Road #22-11
Registered Address(line2): International Plaza
Registered Address(line3):
Registered Country: Singapore
Registered Postalcode: 079903

Mailing Address(line1): 10 Anson Road #22-11
Mailing Address(line2): International Plaza
Mailing Address(line3):
Mailing Country: Singapore
Mailing Postalcode: 079903

Technical Contact:

Name:ODEX PTE LTD(SGNIC-ORGOD113223)
Registered Address(line1): 10 Anson Road #22-11
Registered Address(line2): International Plaza
Registered Address(line3):
Registered Country: Singapore
Registered Postalcode: 079903

Mailing Address(line1): 10 Anson Road #22-11
Mailing Address(line2): International Plaza
Mailing Address(line3):
Mailing Country: Singapore
Mailing Postalcode: 079903

Telephone: (65) 6225-6082
Facsimile: (65) 6222-6119
Pager / Mobile Number:

EMAIL: xys@pacific.net.sg

Billing Contact:

Name:ODEX PTE LTD(SGNIC-ORGOD113223)
Registered Address(line1): 10 Anson Road #22-11
Registered Address(line2): International Plaza
Registered Address(line3):
Registered Country: Singapore
Registered Postalcode: 079903

Mailing Address(line1): 10 Anson Road #22-11
Mailing Address(line2): International Plaza
Mailing Address(line3):
Mailing Country: Singapore
Mailing Postalcode: 079903

—————————————————————–

Registrar: Webvisions Pte Ltd

Registrant:
ODEX PTE LTD

Domain Name: odex.com.sg
Creation Date: 22-05-2001 18:40:36
Expiration Date: 22-05-2008 00:00:00
Domain Status: Active

Owner/Main Contact:

Name:ODEX PTE LTD(SGNIC-ORGOD113223)
Registered Address(line1): 10 Anson Road #22-11
Registered Address(line2): International Plaza
Registered Address(line3):
Registered Country: Singapore
Registered Postalcode: 079903

Mailing Address(line1): 10 Anson Road #22-11
Mailing Address(line2): International Plaza
Mailing Address(line3):
Mailing Country: Singapore
Mailing Postalcode: 079903

Administrative Contact:

Name:ODEX PTE LTD(SGNIC-ORGOD113223)
Registered Address(line1): 10 Anson Road #22-11
Registered Address(line2): International Plaza
Registered Address(line3):
Registered Country: Singapore
Registered Postalcode: 079903

Mailing Address(line1): 10 Anson Road #22-11
Mailing Address(line2): International Plaza
Mailing Address(line3):
Mailing Country: Singapore
Mailing Postalcode: 079903

Technical Contact:

Name:ODEX PTE LTD(SGNIC-ORGOD113223)
Registered Address(line1): 10 Anson Road #22-11
Registered Address(line2): International Plaza
Registered Address(line3):
Registered Country: Singapore
Registered Postalcode: 079903

Mailing Address(line1): 10 Anson Road #22-11
Mailing Address(line2): International Plaza
Mailing Address(line3):
Mailing Country: Singapore
Mailing Postalcode: 079903

Telephone: (65) 6225-6082
Facsimile: (65) 6222-6119
Pager / Mobile Number:

EMAIL: xys@pacific.net.sg

Billing Contact:

Name:ODEX PTE LTD(SGNIC-ORGOD113223)
Registered Address(line1): 10 Anson Road #22-11
Registered Address(line2): International Plaza
Registered Address(line3):
Registered Country: Singapore
Registered Postalcode: 079903

Mailing Address(line1): 10 Anson Road #22-11
Mailing Address(line2): International Plaza
Mailing Address(line3):
Mailing Country: Singapore
Mailing Postalcode: 079903

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