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Copyright is a form of protection provided to authors of “original works of authorship”, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works under the Copyright Act in Singapore. Increasingly, copyright owners have become more vigilant in enforcing their rights against persons found infringing their copyrights.
The License authorises the Polytechnic to make multiple copies of limited portions (as defined under the Copyright Act) of books, journals and other publications for distribution to students for educational/teaching purposes. The License, however, does not permit students to make copies beyond what is considered as “fair dealing” for individuals under the Copyright Act. Students are advised to read the FAQs on copyright at the following website:
The Copyright Act came into effect in 1987. The following highlights some aspects of the Act, which are of relevance to you.
What is Copyright?
It is a form of protection given by Law to the authors of original works. Almost all works in the Library are protected by Copyright.
How much can I legally photocopy?
The “fair dealing” provisions allow you to copy:
  • Single copies for research/private study
  • Either 10% (from a book without chapters) or ONE chapter of a book
  • One article of a periodical/magazine
What about computer software?
You CANNOT copy any computer software borrowed from the Library, or those stored in computers anywhere in the Polytechnic. You MUST NOT use any illegal copies of software on any computer in the Polytechnic.
Personal Responsibility and Liability?
Users are personally responsible and liable for any infringement of the Copyright Act.
Last updated: April 2020
Mohd Kamil Yusoff