Copyright is an intellectual property right. The person who owns the copyright (author, creator or the publisher) has the exclusive right to stop others from copying or reproducing his work. All books, magazines, plays, musical scores, sculptures, paintings, drawings, sound recordings, films, television and radio broadcasts, cable programs and computer programs are capable of enjoying copyright protection in Singapore.
If you photocopy, reproduce or make an adaptation of a copy of the owner's work without the owner's permission, you have infringed his copyright unless you copy under the following circumstances:
If you infringe or intend to infringe copyright, the owner of the copyright can apply for a court injunction against you to prevent you from committing any or any further infringing act and sue you for damages to compensate him for his loss.
The copyright owner can also seek an order to make you pay over the profits that you have made from the infringing act.
If you sell or hire out an infringing article you can be fined up to $10,000 for each infringing article, up to a total of $100,000 per charge, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years, or to both a fine and imprisonment.
If you possess 5 or more infringing copies of any work, you are presumed to possess such copies for the purpose of sale. The court may also order you to hand over to the copyright owner all infringing copies of his work for disposal.
The court also has power to authorise the police to conduct searches on premises in which the court suspects infringing copies are kept.
All information contained on this page is valid and may be amended from time to time, at the Polytechnic’s sole discretion.