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Guide To Copyright: Copyright Basics

Find resources on copyright regulations in Singapore and learn more on making legal and ethical use of copyrighted works


‚ÄčWelcome to SMU Libraries' Guide to Copyright.

This guide provides information and resources on Singapore copyright law and how it relates to academic activities such as research and teaching in SMU. The contents in this guide are intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.

Copyright Explained

"Copyright! the short film", is produced by Federation University Australia in collaboration with GoTAFE.
The film is a narrative piece aimed at influencing and engaging students to understand their rights and obligations pertaining to copyrighted works. It largely refers to the provisions and exceptions in the Australian copyright law, but it also has some relevance to the Singapore context and gives a quick and succinct overview of copyright do's and dont's  within the educational context.


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Copyright And Course Materials in SMU

Faculty members hold copyright in the original Course Materials and Course Syllabus they create. This includes written lectures, power point presentations, study materials, tests, and in the selection of readings and assignments for their course. Faculty may like to include a copyright notice on their Course Materials to emphasize that they are protected and that students  are not permitted to make copies of the course material or any part(s) of it. The form of the notice should contain the word copyright or the © symbol, the year the materials were created, and the name of the faculty member. Notations such as "All rights reserved" or "Students are entitled to use this material for the purpose of their own research or study only"  may be used.

 Students are obliged to respect copyright and  may use Course notes and make copies of course materials for their own use only. They may not reproduce or allow others to reproduce and  distribute lecture notes and course materials publicly in any way, whether or not a fee is charged, without  written consent from Faculty. The making of unauthorised copies of course materials and course syllabus is prohibited.


The Singapore Copyright Act

Copyright is an intellectual property right recognized and protected by law. In Singapore this is essentially covered under the Copyright Act (Cap. 63). Copyright exists in all forms of works, such as books, periodicals, magazines, compilations of information, photographs,  manuscripts, computer programs, drawings, sculpture, music scores, lyrics, sound recordings, films, television broadcasts, cable programmes etc. Read more about the Singapore Copyright Act here and note the exceptions on Fair Dealing and Education, which allow for copying within the stipulated limits. The Act is currently being reviewed by Ministry of Law.

Copyright Guides & Policies

Librarian: Collections, Content Discovery and Copyright

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The Copyright InfoPack : From Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has prepared a set of handbooks and information packs which provide an overview on each form of IP and the copyright regulations governing various contexts. The Copyright Infopack and other relevant  information leaflets can be downloaded from the links on the IPOS website, as listed below*:


* Permission obtained from IPOS.

The use of electronic resources must comply with the Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy and Singapore Management University Acceptable Use Policy