Under Singapore Law, “compilations” of information can be protected by copyright by reason of selection or arrangement of its contents. This lesser known aspect of copyright law was the subject of the recently concluded litigation between Global Yellow Pages Limited (“GYP”) – publisher of the “Yellow Pages” – and Promedia Directories Private Ltd (“Promedia”) – publisher of “The Green Book”.
In late 2015, renowned Singaporean artist Jane Lee discovered artworks which were uncannily similar to hers on Instagram. It appeared that Manila-born artist Monica Delgado, who currently resides in New York, visited Singapore years ago and encountered Lee’s paintings. Delgado was thereafter inspired to rework some of the creations she conceptualised during her days in […]
Good news for fans of Google Books. Google will not be taking down its online archive of over 20 million digitally scanned books. In a unanimous decision, the United State Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently dismissed a lawsuit commenced by a group of authors accusing Google of massive copyright infringement. Ten years […]
A recent decision passed by the US Federal Court could have implications for the burgeoning yoga community worldwide. The Plaintiff was Bikram Choudhury, an Indian yoga teacher and the founder of Bikram Yoga. In 1979, Choudhury published his book – Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class – which set out a sequence of 26 yoga poses and […]
You may soon be able to publicly perform “Happy Birthday to You” (“Happy Birthday”) without racking up thousands in unpaid royalties to the copyright owner. The song, one of the most recognisable and widely performed in the English language, was allegedly owned by Warner-Chappell Music, a division of the Warner Music Group. As the owners […]