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Copyright Law in Singapore

Copyright is the exclusive legal right granted to a writer, editor, composer, publisher, or distributor to publish, produce, sell, or distribute an artistic work. Copyright affects our life almost every day. Even downloading of songs off the internet or using a newspaper photo on one's personal website, could mean the usage of copyright material.
Copyright law has been modified over the past two decades, giving copyright owners more power.
  • Artistic, dramatic, literary and musical works.
  • Films sound recordings and "live" performances.
  • TV and radio broadcasts.
  •  Published editions. For e.g. books, Corporate Brochures, scripts, photographs and music and video. 
  • There is no need for registration.
  • Copyright is automatically given to the "creator" once the work has been created or completed. 
Terms of Protection
Artistic, Dramatic, Literacy & Musical Works
Life of author+70 years or 70 years from the end of the year of publication, provided work is not published before the author's death.
Films, Sound Recording & Live Performances
70 years from the end of the year of first release or performance.
TV & Radio Broadcasts
50 years from the end of the year of creation.
Published Editions
25 years from the end of the year of publication of first edition.

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