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Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II INTERPRETATION

Part III COPYRIGHT IN ORIGINAL LITERARY, DRAMATIC, MUSICAL AND ARTISTIC WORKS

Division 1 — Nature, Duration and Ownership of Copyright in Works

Division 2 — Infringement of Copyright In Works

Division 3 — Acts not Constituting Infringements of Copyright Works

Division 4 — Acts not Constituting Infringements of Copyright in Literary, Dramatic and Musical Works

Division 5 — Copying of Works in Libraries

Division 6 — Copying of Works for Educational Purposes

Division 7 — Copying of Works in Institutions Assisting Persons with Reading Disabilities and Institutions Assisting Intellectually Handicapped Readers

Division 8 — Recording of Musical Works

Division 9 — Acts not Constituting Infringements of Copyright in Artistic Works

Division 10 — Designs

Division 11 — Works of Joint Authorship

Part IV COPYRIGHT IN SUBJECT-MATTER OTHER THAN WORKS

Division 1 — Preliminary

Division 2 — Nature of Copyright in Subject-Matter other than Works

Division 3 — Subject-Matter, other than Works, in which Copyright Subsists

Division 4 — Duration of Copyright in Subject-Matter other than Works

Division 5 — Ownership of Copyright in Subject-Matter other than Works

Division 6 — Infringement of Copyright in Subject-Matter other than Works

Division 7 — Miscellaneous

Part V REMEDIES FOR INFRINGEMENTS OF COPYRIGHT

Division 1 — Preliminary

Division 2 — Actions by Owner of Copyright

Division 3 — Proceedings where Copyright is subject to Exclusive Licence

Division 4 — Proof of Facts in Copyright Proceedings

Division 5 — Offences

Division 6 — Border Enforcement Measures

Division 7 — Powers of Search

Division 8 — Miscellaneous

Part VI COMPULSORY LICENCES FOR TRANSLATION AND REPRODUCTION OF CERTAIN WORKS

Part VII COPYRIGHT TRIBUNALS

Division 1 — Preliminary

Division 2 — Constitution of Tribunal

Division 3 — Inquiries by, and Applications and References to, Tribunal

Division 4 — Procedure and Evidence

Division 5 — Miscellaneous

Part VIII EXTENSION OR RESTRICTION OF THIS ACT

Part IX FALSE ATTRIBUTION OF AUTHORSHIP

Part IXA WORKS, OR OTHER SUBJECT-MATTER, IN ELECTRONIC FORM

Part X MISCELLANEOUS

Part XI TRANSITIONAL

Division 1 — Preliminary

Division 2 — Original Works

Division 3 — Subject-Matter other than Works

Division 4 — Miscellaneous

Division 5 — Works made before 1st July 1912

Part XII PERFORMERS’ PROTECTION

Part XIII RIGHTS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION

Part XIIIA CIRCUMVENTION OF TECHNOLOGICAL MEASURES

Part XIV TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS UNDER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) ACT 2004

Part XV SAVINGS AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS UNDER COPYRIGHT (AMENDMENT) ACT 2004

THE SCHEDULE False Registration of Industrial Designs

Legislative Source Key

Legislative History

Comparative Table

Comparative Table

 
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Division 7 — Copying of Works in Institutions Assisting Persons with Reading Disabilities and Institutions Assisting Intellectually Handicapped Readers
Copying, etc., under statutory licence for persons with reading disabilities
54.
—(1)  Where all of the conditions in subsection (4) are satisfied, the copyright in a relevant work that has been published is not infringed by the making, on a non‑profit basis, by or on behalf of the body administering an institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or an educational institution, of an accessible format copy of the work for use by a local person with a reading disability for a permitted purpose.
(2)  Where all of the conditions in subsection (4) are satisfied, the copyright in a relevant work that has been published is not infringed by the distribution, on a non‑profit basis, by or on behalf of the body administering an institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or an educational institution, of an accessible format copy in a physical form of the work to a local person with a reading disability, for use by that person for a permitted purpose.
(3)  Where all of the conditions in subsection (4) are satisfied, the copyright in a relevant work that has been published is not infringed by the making available, on a non‑profit basis, by or on behalf of the body administering an institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or an educational institution, of an accessible format copy in an electronic form of the work to a local person with a reading disability, for use by that person for a permitted purpose.
(4)  The conditions referred to in subsections (1), (2) and (3) are as follows:
(a)
as soon as practicable after the making, distribution or making available of the accessible format copy, as the case may be, the body administering the institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or the educational institution, or the person acting on behalf of that body, makes a record of that act setting out such particulars as may be prescribed in regulations;
(b)
the body administering the institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or the educational institution, or the person acting on behalf of that body, is satisfied after reasonable investigation that no new accessible format copy of the relevant work that has been separately published and is in the same format as the copy which is to be made, distributed or made available, can be obtained within a reasonable time at an ordinary commercial price;
(c)
in the case of an educational institution, the local person with a reading disability for or to whom the accessible format copy is made, made available or distributed is a student of the institution;
(d)
such other conditions as may be prescribed in regulations.
(5)  Where the conditions in subsection (6) are satisfied, the copyright in a relevant work that has been published is not infringed by —
(a)
the making, on a non‑profit basis, of an accessible format copy in a physical form of the work for the purpose of export; or
(b)
the making available, on a non‑profit basis, of an accessible format copy in an electronic form of the work,
by or on behalf of a body administering an institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or an educational institution, for or to —
(i)
a foreign institution assisting persons with reading disabilities; or
(ii)
a person with a reading disability who is not resident in Singapore.
(6)  The conditions referred to in subsection (5) are as follows:
(a)
the body administering the institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or the educational institution, or the person acting on behalf of that body, complies with such requirements at such time as may be prescribed in regulations, for the purpose of ascertaining or verifying the identity of, and other information concerning —
(i)
the foreign institution assisting persons with reading disabilities; or
(ii)
the person with a reading disability who is not resident in Singapore;
(b)
as soon as practicable after the making, or the making available, of the accessible format copy, as the case may be, the body administering the institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or the educational institution, or the person acting on behalf of that body makes a record of the act, setting out such particulars as may be prescribed in regulations;
(c)
such other conditions as may be prescribed in regulations.
(7)  Where all of the conditions in subsection (10) are satisfied, the copyright in a relevant work that has been published is not infringed by the making, by or on behalf of the body administering an institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or an educational institution, of a temporary or transient reproduction of an accessible format copy in an electronic form of the work that is received from a foreign institution assisting persons with reading disabilities, being a reproduction that is made incidentally as part of the technical process of such receipt.
(8)  Where all of the conditions in subsection (10) are satisfied, the copyright in a relevant work that has been published is not infringed by the importation, by or on behalf of the body administering an institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or an educational institution, of an accessible format copy in a physical form of a relevant work that originated from a foreign institution assisting persons with reading disabilities.
(9)  Where all of the conditions in subsection (10) are satisfied, the copyright in a relevant work that has been published is not infringed by the distribution, on a non‑profit basis, by or on behalf of the body administering an institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or an educational institution, of an accessible format copy in a physical form of the work to a local person with a reading disability for use by him for a permitted purpose, being an accessible format copy that originated from a foreign institution assisting persons with reading disabilities.
(10)  The conditions referred to in subsections (7), (8) and (9) are as follows:
(a)
the body administering the institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or the educational institution made a request to the foreign institution assisting persons with reading disabilities for the accessible format copy for use by a person with a reading disability for a permitted purpose, or for the purpose of distributing that copy on a non‑profit basis to a person with a reading disability for use by the person for a permitted purpose;
(b)
in the case of an educational institution, the person with a reading disability referred to in paragraph (a) and in subsection (9) is a student of that institution;
(c)
as soon as practicable after receiving the accessible format copy, the body, or a person acting on its behalf, makes a record setting out such particulars as may be prescribed in regulations;
(d)
the body, or the person acting on its behalf, is satisfied after reasonable investigation that no new accessible format copy of the relevant work that has been separately published and is in the same format as the copy requested for, can be obtained within a reasonable time at an ordinary commercial price;
(e)
such other conditions as may be prescribed in regulations.
(11)  Where all of the conditions in subsection (12) are satisfied, the copyright in a relevant work that has been published is not infringed by the making by —
(a)
a local person with a reading disability; or
(b)
a person acting on behalf of a local person with a reading disability, not being the body administering —
(i)
an institution assisting persons with reading disabilities; or
(ii)
an educational institution of which the person with a reading disability is a student,
of an accessible format copy of the work for use by the person with a reading disability for a permitted purpose.
(12)  The conditions referred to in subsection (11) are as follows:
(a)
the local person with a reading disability, or the person acting on his behalf, is satisfied after reasonable investigation that no new accessible format copy of the relevant work that has been separately published and is in the same format as the copy which is to be made, can be obtained within a reasonable time at an ordinary commercial price;
(b)
such other conditions as may be prescribed in regulations.
(13)  For the purposes of subsections (4)(a), (6)(b) and (10)(c), a record —
(a)
shall be kept in writing or in any other manner prescribed by the regulations; and
(b)
if it is kept in writing, shall be in accordance with the prescribed form.
(14)  For the purposes of subsections (4)(b), (10)(d) and (12)(a), “new accessible format copy”, in relation to a relevant work, means —
(a)
if the accessible format copy of the work is a physical copy, a copy that is not secondhand;
(b)
if the accessible format copy of the work is a sound recording or an electronic copy of the work that is embodied or stored in a record or other article, a copy that is embodied or stored in a record or other article that is not secondhand; or
(c)
where the accessible format copy of the work is a sound recording or an electronic copy of the work that is not embodied or stored in a record or other article, a copy that is fit for use.
(15)  Where —
(a)
by virtue of subsection (1), (2), (3) or (9), the making, or the making available or distribution to a person, of an accessible format copy of a relevant work does not infringe the copyright in a relevant work; and
(b)
the owner of the copyright in the relevant work makes a request in writing, at any time during the period prescribed by regulations after that act for payment for the copy so made, made available or distributed,
then the body administering the institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or the educational institution shall pay to the owner such amount by way of equitable remuneration for that act —
(i)
as is agreed upon between the owner and the body; or
(ii)
in default of agreement, such amount as is determined by a Copyright Tribunal under section 158(3) on the application of either the owner or the body.
(16)  Where a Copyright Tribunal has determined the amount of equitable remuneration payable to the owner of the copyright by the body administering the institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or the educational institution, the owner may recover that amount from the body in a court of competent jurisdiction as a debt due to him.
(17)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, copyright shall not vest in the maker of a copy of a relevant work for a person with a reading disability by reason of the maker making that copy.
(18)  Nothing in this section shall affect the right of the owner of the copyright in a relevant work to grant a licence authorising a body administering an institution assisting persons with reading disabilities or an educational institution to make, make available or distribute, or cause to be made, made available or distributed, an accessible format copy of the relevant work without infringement of that copyright.
(19)  In this section —
“local person with a reading disability” means a person with a reading disability who is resident in Singapore;
“permitted purpose”, in relation to a person with a reading disability, means —
(a)
the purpose of research or study undertaken or to be undertaken by the person; or
(b)
the purpose of otherwise instructing himself in any matter;
“relevant work” means —
(a)
a literary work;
(b)
a dramatic work; or
(c)
an artistic work.
Multiple copying under statutory licence by institutions assisting intellectually handicapped readers
54A.
—(1)  The copyright in a work that has been published is not infringed by the making, by or on behalf of the body administering an institution assisting intellectually handicapped readers, of a copy of the whole or a part of the work, for use in the provision, whether by the institution or otherwise, of assistance to intellectually handicapped readers.
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(2)  Subsection (1) shall not apply to the making of any copy of a work, being a work that has been separately published in a form that would be suitable for use in the provision of the assistance referred to in that subsection, unless the person who makes the copy, or causes that copy to be made, for or on behalf of the body administering an institution assisting intellectually handicapped readers is satisfied, after reasonable investigation, that no new copy of the work in a form suitable for use in the provision of that assistance can be obtained within a reasonable time at an ordinary commercial price.
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(3)  For the purposes of subsection (2), a copy shall be taken to be new if it is not secondhand.
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(4)  Subsection (1) shall not apply to the reproduction of the whole or a part of an article contained in a periodical publication by way of the making, by or on behalf of the body administering an institution assisting intellectually handicapped readers, of an intellectually handicapped reader’s copy of the article or of that part of the article unless there is made, by or on behalf of that body, as soon as practicable after the making of that copy, a record of the copying setting out such particulars as may be prescribed by regulations.
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(5)  Subsection (1) shall not apply to the reproduction of the whole or a part of a work (not being an article contained in a periodical publication) by way of the making, by or on behalf of the body administering an institution assisting intellectually handicapped readers, of an intellectually handicapped reader’s copy of the work or of that part of the work unless there is made, by or on behalf of that body, as soon as practicable after the making of that copy, a record of the copying setting out such particulars as may be prescribed by regulations.
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(6)  For the purposes of subsections (4) and (5), a record of the copying of a work or a part of a work —
(a)
shall be kept in writing or in any other manner prescribed by regulations; and
(b)
if it is kept in writing, shall be in accordance with the prescribed form.
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(7)  Where an intellectually handicapped reader’s copy of the whole or a part of a work is made by or on behalf of the body administering an institution assisting intellectually handicapped readers and, by virtue of this section, the making of that copy does not infringe copyright in the work, that body shall, if the owner of the copyright in the work makes a request, in writing, at any time during the prescribed period after the making of the copy, for payment for the making of the copy, pay to the owner such an amount by way of equitable remuneration for the making of that copy as is agreed upon between the owner and the body, or, in default of agreement, such amount as is determined by a Copyright Tribunal on the application of either the owner or the body.
[23/2009 wef 31/12/2009]
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(8)  Where a Copyright Tribunal has determined the amount of equitable remuneration payable to the owner of the copyright in a work by the body administering an institution assisting handicapped readers in relation to an intellectually handicapped reader’s copy of the whole or a part of that work that has been made by or on behalf of that body in reliance on this section, the owner may recover that amount from the body in a court of competent jurisdiction as a debt due to him.
[23/2009 wef 31/12/2009]
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(9)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, copyright shall not vest in the maker of the intellectually handicapped reader’s copy by reason of his making that copy.
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(10)  Nothing in this section shall affect the right of the owner of the copyright in a work to grant a licence authorising the body administering an institution assisting intellectually handicapped readers to make, or cause to be made, copies of the whole or a part of the work without infringement of that copyright.
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