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 and , which allow for copying within the stipulated limits. The Act is currently being reviewed by Ministry of Law.
The Singapore Copyright Act allows you to use copyright material without permission if your use is a "fair dealing" for one of the following purposes:
For use that falls outside of the "fair dealing" exception, permission or an appropriate license should be obtained from copyright owners or collecting societies.
To learn more, visit the SMU Libraries Infosheet 1: Fair Dealing.
Creative Commons (CC) is a not for profit organization that helps the public to share creative content by providing free licenses and tools to content creators. CC content (including images, music and artwork) may be shared and reused according to the CC license applied.