ODEX Pte. Ltd. is a Singapore-based company that licenses and releases anime for local and regional (Southeast Asian) consumption. It was registered in 1998 to license, import and release overseas drama and animation into Singapore. It began distribution in 2000.
In 2007-2008 ODEX pursued legal action against home users who were allegedly illegally downloading the company's anime videos from the Internet. In the course of ODEX's attempt to enforce actions against home users, the ruling in 2008 by District Judge Ernest Lau's rejecting ODEX's request that Pacific Internet (PacNet) release subscriber data may have established important precedents for protecting online privacy of Internet users.
The actions received extensive press and blog coverage, especially as they roughly coincided with similar attempts in the United States by the music industry to enforce against file sharing by home users. Issues of intellectual property, copyright protections and freedom of speech underlie these events.