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Year 2019
January 2019

New amendments to the Copyright Act

18 January 2019

On 17 January 2019, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) released the Singapore Copyright Review Report.

The Report makes 16 proposals, including that creators be granted ownership of commissioned works by default, unless otherwise agreed in writing (Proposal 2) and that creators be attributed credit whenever their works are used, even if the copyright has been sold (Proposal 4).

Of special interest to technology companies will be the new exception to facilitate use of copyright work for text and data mining (Proposal 8) which would enable legal use of large-scale AI and big data analytics on text, data and other content to generate insights.

If you have questions about how the proposed amendments to the Copyright Act will affect your business, please feel free to get in touch.