Copyright Act: Balance may have tilted too far in favour of photographers

New law should better protect individual consumers of commissioned photography services who lack the bargaining power of commercial clients

Giving first copyright ownership to commissioned photographers may be underpinned by noble intentions, but the practical consequences of changing the law will be quite unpleasant for consumers, says the author.PHOTO: PEXELS

One of the objectives driving proposed legislative changes to Singapore's Copyright Act is to better reward authors for their creative efforts by giving them more rights they can assert against others who make use of their creations.

This includes giving creators default ownership of the works they create at the request of a commissioning party, replacing the current default rules which vest ownership of the copyright of such works with the commissioning party.

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