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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.


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SMU Intellectual Property Policy [Staff Access] [Student Access]

This document details the intellectual property rights of staff and students of SMU.


Copyright in Course Materials

Faculty members hold copyright to the original Course Materials that they create. These include written lectures, power point presentations, study materials, tests, and in the selection of readings and assignments for their courses. Faculty may include a copyright notice on their Course Materials to emphasize that they are protected, and that further reproduction and redistribution  are not permitted. 

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, adapt, distribute, upload or make available for sale, all lecture notes and course materials publicly in any way, without  written consent from the copyright owner. The making or distribution of unauthorized copies of course materials is strictly prohibited and any infringement may be subject to the disciplinary action by the University.


The Motion Pictures Licensing Company (MPLC Umbrella License) [Staff Access] [Student Access]

SMU has an umbrella licence from the Motion Picture Licensing Company (MPLC Umbrella Licence) to screen audio-visual content such as movies and other programmes for the purposes of entertaining and educating students, staff and faculty. The current MPLC Umbrella Licence covers the period 1 July 2019 to 1 July 2022.

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