SINGAPORE – Content creators uploading obscene material to the OnlyFans online platform could break laws here, even if they are based overseas.
Those who upload and share obscene videos and photos are also at risk of arrest.
“Although the Penal Code generally does not have extraterritorial jurisdiction, a Singaporean or foreigner who has downloaded the material overseas and subsequently enters Singapore could potentially be dealt with by law,” the professor said. Fellow Eugene Tan, who teaches at Singapore Management University. .
The spotlight was on the site here when model Titus Low was accused on December 30 of uploading obscene images and videos to his OnlyFans account between April and October of last year.
He also reportedly failed to comply with an order issued to him in October of last year which barred him from accessing or using his OnlyFans account.
Low, who has been posted on $ 5,000 bail and is due to return to court on Jan.20, is said to be the platform’s first content creator in Singapore to be accused of transmitting obscene material to the site.
Lawyers say content creators uploading obscene material aren’t the only ones at risk of breaking the law. Subscribers who download and share such content could also be in the crosshairs.
“It does not matter whether the subscriber intends to profit from it financially,” added Professor Tan.
Ms Tania Chin, partner in the criminal litigation team of the law firm Withers KhattarWong, said that transmitting obscene material electronically in Singapore and distributing or possessing for the purpose of distribution to a third party are offenses .
Founded in 2016, the London-based platform allows content creators to upload visuals on topics such as travel, fashion, fitness and coaching.
But some content creators have reportedly uploaded obscene photographs and videos to the site to earn money selling subscription access.
The website charges a monthly subscription fee ranging from US $ 4.99 (S $ 7) to US $ 49.99, but creators may charge subscribers additional fees for commissioned work sent via private messages.
To host the material, OnlyFans takes 20% of all payments.
Content creators have claimed online that they can make an average of around $ 150 per month, with some of the top creators making over $ 100,000 per month.
Based on online research, there are over 170 million registered OnlyFans subscribers and over 1.5 million content creators worldwide. Users must be 18 years of age or older, according to the OnlyFans policy.