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Library Essentials

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Does copyright arise automatically or is registration required? Are ideas, titles and logos copyrighted?

We've listed 6 basic concepts about copyright in the video below:

1 Copyright protection is automatic in Singapore
2 Copyright does not protect ideas but the expression of ideas
3 Categories of Copyright: LDMA, Sound Recordings and Films
4 Rights in Copyright: Copy, Publish, Perform, Communicate and Adapt
5 Copyright is a balance between the owners and the public
6 Copyright does not last forever

Find out more in this guide about copyright for teaching, learning and research

Finding Open Source Content

Images, sounds and music can be used in presentations or other content you create to raise engagement and provide valuable context. If you are seeking freely available content for use in your projects, the following guide might be useful: 

Plagiarism vs. Copyright

The difference between plagiarism and copyright is that plagiarism is an infringement of the copyright owner's right to be identified whereas copyright infringement is using copyrighted works without permission

Ensure that you aren't accidentally infringing someone's copyright when you re-use images, text, or other materials.

We've listed lots of examples in the video below.

Copyright Infringement Plagiarism

Is an offence/prohibited under the:
Copyright Act
NUS Student Code of Conduct

Is prohibited under the:
NUS Student Code of Conduct

Legal in nature

Traditionally, moral/ethical in nature

(update: new right of identification under Copyright Act 2021)

Taking someone's right to commercially exploit the work Taking someone's right to be acknowledged for their work