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Mr Gane had voiced concerns over the “overt sales” of set-top boxes in malls and IT fairs.
This, he said, is rarely seen “in such volume” in other parts of the region.
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.
The sale and distribution of these decoders are illegal under the Broadcasting Act.
Panasonic was not fined, as it was the first to whistleblow on the cartel in 2013.
It applied for immunity under CCS’ leniency programme which give cartel members reductions in fines if they alert the CCS.
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.
Between 20, Star Hub went after bootleg set-top box sellers who decoded the pay-TV operator’s encrypted broadcast signals and give users free access to channels.