Fair use changes to law in Singapore could make it easier to defend memes

An edited photo of the yellow gown pop star Rihanna wore in 2015 at the New York Met Gala which incorporated a pizza image into the 3m-long train of the dress. PHOTO: PIX_STIXX/TWITTER
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SINGAPORE - Rihanna's yellow gown at the 2015 Met Gala in New York lit a fire under the Internet's meme machine. The "omelette dress", as it was quickly dubbed, spawned images including one of the pop star in a frying pan and another edited to refashion the gown's 3m-long train into a giant pizza.

But, would using the red carpet images of Rihanna - which are copyrighted by their respective photographers and photo agencies - in this way have been legal here under "fair dealing" exceptions?

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