Fair use, or Fair Dealing as it is called in Singapore, permits the limited use of copyrighted work without the need to obtain permission from the copyright holder. Singapore copyright law permits a certain amount of copying for the purposes of:
Limited use means as long as the copying limits are observed, i.e.
If copying more than the amount indicated above, the courts will determine fair dealing by looking at:
Note: Fair dealing does not constitute copyright infringement, but you do still need to acknowledge the source.
Access to the Library's eResources, for the purposes of teaching, research, and private study only, is restricted to current SIT Faculty, Students, and Staff, and to Alumni where permitted by license agreement.
The terms and conditions laid down in the license agreements between SIT and the respective publishers are listed in the respective resource records available via OneSearch. In general, the agreements entered into with the publishers require library users to comply with the following:
Service providers may have other terms and conditions posted on their websites. Please also refer to their websites for the full version of their terms and conditions.
You can also copy a reasonable portion of the content without the copyright owner's consent for the purpose of research or study. Under Singapore Copyright Law, a reasonable portion equals up to one chapter, or 10% of the number of pages, words or bytes, whichever is more.
There are many musicians who choose to release their music under the Creative Commons License. This gives you the legal right to use their music in your videos.
Creative Commons (CC) is a system that allows you to freely and legally use music, movies, images, and other content that has some rights reserved. CC offers free copyright licenses that anyone can use to mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. For instance, a musician might use a CC license to allow people to legally share their songs online, make copies for friends, or even use them in videos or for making remixes.
Please ensure that you properly attribute or credit the musician and the track, as well as identify the particular CC license involved, e.g.
You can also check the following guide for a list of Royalty Free music.
It may be cumbersome to track down the copyright owners to request permission to use their work, so you can consider using images in the public domain which do not require permission for use.
You can use Google's Advanced Image Search to find public domain images - see details here. Please note that even if you adjust your search options to search for free-to-use images only, you still need to verify if the image really is free to use.
There are 6 main types of CCL and all of them grant you basic rights like the right to modify and then distribute a work worldwide for non-commercial purposes. Any images, designs, or photographs that have a CCL attached can be used on your own website or blog without fear of copyright infringement as long as you abide by the conditions of each particular CCL.
Currently, all CCLs are global licenses applicable to most jurisdictions, including Singapore.
Since 2004, all CCLs require the original author of the work be credited. For further details on CCLs please visit the Creative Commons FAQ here.
Apart from searching websites that offer images with CCLs, you can try searching websites that provide “stock” images, designs, and photographs.
Click here to see the list of resources for Licensed and Royalty-free stock Images that you can use.
Copyright infringement is different from plagiarism.
Plagiarism is the use of someone else's words and ideas without the correct attribution, which is considered a violation of academic integrity.
Examples of plagiarism
Copyright infringement, on the other hand, is the use of copyright protected materials without the copyright holder's consent. That is, an infringement of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work. Copyright infringement, unlike plagiarism, can result in legal liability.