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Virtual Map Provider Reaches The End of the Road

March 2010 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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The Singapore Court of Appeal has refused to grant leave to appeal against a High Court Judge’s decision to uphold the District Judge’s judgment that the “virtual maps” placed online by a private map provider infringed the copyright belonging to its ex-licensors, a local statutory board.

The Court of Appeal’s decision, which effectively upheld the District Court’s decision, brought a close to a 4-year long legal saga, which began in 2005 when the statutory board sued the private operator for continuing to put up its maps, after its licence was terminated: Virtual Map (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Singapore Land Authority [2009] SGCA 2, refusing leave to appeal against the High Court (“HC”) decision in Virtual Map (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Singapore Land Authority [2008] 3 SLR 86, upholding the District Court (“DC”) decision in Singapore Land Authority v Virtual Map (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2007] SGDC 216.

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