I've never heard about any limits*. The list, yes. And unlikely anybody will be bothered to even look at it.Infoholic wrote:Hi All,
My wife (EP) and I (DP) are relocating to Singapore in a couple of months.
We have a large-ish (I think) collection of CD (~300), DVD and Blu-Ray discs (~200). All of the discs are legitimate (i.e. not copies, not downloaded, not purchased in shady markets, etc.) and none on them would, based on what I have read on this forum, be classified by the Singapore government offensive or objectionable.
The relocation agent being used by my wife's company has provided us inconsistent advice about limits on the quantity of music / video discs we can bring in. Initially we were told that we could not bring in any (which I knew to wrong based on the relevant government web sites). After pushing back on this information we are now told that we can import "up to 300 DVD’s/ CD’s but they will need a list (in Excel format) of all of the titles".
While it will be annoying and time consuming to compile the list of titles the limit of "300" appears to be arbitrary. Moreover, I cannot seem to find any reference on a government web site that refers to this limit.
Is there such an arbitrary limit on the quantity of music / video discs that can be brought into Singapore as part of personal belongings?
Thanks in advance to all who reply.
apparently making a copy by ripping it ( for personal consumption) is not considered as an illegitimate copy, distributing that over a torrent/fileshare network however is illegal/illegitimate.Infoholic wrote:rajagainstthemachine,
Thanks for your reply.
Would not your primary suggestion of ripping ISOs, bringing the hard disk and leaving the physical media behind be the same as having illegitimate copies (albeit harder to detect)?
PS: I'm happy to compile the list if that is required. As I said it will just be annoying and time consuming.
Years ago when I used to travel to KL via Changi, I used to bring demo CDs.x9200 wrote:I've never heard about any limits*. The list, yes. And unlikely anybody will be bothered to even look at it. .
Yes, you can even google out that you have to go through red channel if you have DVDs or CDs. On the other hand I bought hundreds of BDs/DVDs/CDs from amazon and such and never had any troubles with it. I assume they x-ray every parcel.ecureilx wrote:Years ago when I used to travel to KL via Changi, I used to bring demo CDs.x9200 wrote:I've never heard about any limits*. The list, yes. And unlikely anybody will be bothered to even look at it. .
Once, in their extremely randomly selected secondary screening of arrival passengers, I was asked to put my luggage through the X Ray and was asked to open .. and .. then was told I have to pay 30$ or something per CD to screen them (Can't remember the amount)
I cheerfully said I can throw them into the rubbish bin in that case, or they can screen it at their cost, as I dont' need them so badly.
I had taken them from SG to MY ..so getting more copies no big deal
The officer just looked and said next time I must go through red channel
I suspect it was a extremely random test, to pick a single guy arriving in SIN, with the bag tags showing MH .. or simply a check for Cigarettes. Or the threat of screening etc maybe their way of a test to see how you react.
By the way, per Singapore law, they can inspect your laptop for porn and stuff, and the Police Computer Crime Branch is fully equipped for it. Though I never heard of them doing that on any travellers.
Singapore has strict laws regarding intellectual property (pirate DVD/VCD), as well as strict software piracy measures, as well as anti porn laws, hence the strict rules to ensure compliance. Possession of porn is punishable, and that's not a new law.MikeJones wrote:I arrived here from the UK in November last year with my belongings following in January, there were around 100-150 DVDs, Blu-Rays and CDs included and I was never told of any limits, nor did I have to provide an itemised list.
My point is not whether it's legal or notJR8 wrote:Hold your horses Ecu/old chap .... he didn't say any of it was counterfeit/pirate.
[side-thought: porn is illegal whilst prostitution is legal but controlled -> go figure]
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