SPH reiterates copyright claims on its articles under Copyright Act
Posted by temasektimes on July 8, 2012
The Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has stated its stance on its Facebook in response to the controversy surrounding the complaints made by former radio presenter Daniel Ong that he was charged more than $3,000 for reproducing the interviews he and his wife gave to SPH papers and magazines on social media. (read more here)
After he removed the articles, Daniel Ong received a letter from SPH requesting him to pay a S$214 ‘investigation fee’.
SPH said it “does not object to the use of our articles for personal use (subject to limits prescribed by law) or in relation to other allowed exceptions under the law”.
Though it admitted that it “wrote to Mr Ong to request that he remove the articles or pay a licensing fee for the continued use of the said articles,” tt denied that Ong had been charged “about S$3,000” as he had claimed, and reiterated that SPH held the copyright to the articles – under copyright law, it is the author, not the interviewee who is the copyright owner of a piece of work.
“In Mr Daniel Ong’s case, he and his wife granted interviews to Singapore Press Holdings’ newspapers and magazines. After the articles were published, he reproduced the articles from ‘Shin Min Daily News’ and ‘Simply Her’ on his business website – http://www.twelvecupcakes.com,” it added.