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Seminar - Copyright Law Reform in Singapore (the Attribution Right and the Integrity Right): Lessons and Case-Studies from other Jurisdictions

When: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 14:30 to 16:45
Venue: SMU School of Law, 55 Armenian Street, Singapore 179943


The recent copyright reforms in Singapore proposed the introduction of a key moral right, the Attribution Right, which gives authors of copyright works the right to be named as author, and which is provided under Art 6bis, Berne Convention, to which Singapore is a signatory. Questions regarding its possible scope of application, duration and defences will be addressed, with reference to relevant legislation and case-law of the UK and Australia, as well as a consideration of Art 6bis itself. It is intended that the discussion will throw valuable insight onto the workings of the proposed new attribution right in Singapore’s copyright law. In addition, the discussion will also focus on the other key moral right provided for under Art 6bis, which is the Integrity Right, and which is widely regarded as the most important of moral rights. The discussion will focus on the scope and application of this important right, again with reference to relevant legislation and case-law of other jurisdictions, and how its recognition will be of considerable value and assistance to authors based in Singapore.



Dr Tania Cheng-Davies is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol, UK, specialising in intellectual property law. Previously, she practised law in Singapore and taught on an LLM in IP programme at the UK Intellectual Property Office. Her PhD thesis focused on moral rights in the United Kingdom, which was supported by the prestigious Modern Law Review Scholarship. Parts of her thesis have been published in leading law journals such as the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and Intellectual Property Quarterly. Her recent article on the destruction of art works under copyright law was awarded the prestigious John McLaren Emmerson QC Prize by the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand. She has been awarded a research grant by the Society of Legal Scholars UK to conduct further research on moral rights, artists and culture in Singapore in 2020. Her other current research projects include an examination of Confucian and Erasmian perspectives of copyright and a study of music copyright/privileges in 17th and 18th century England.


Public CPD Points - 2 points

This programme is an Accredited CPD Activity under the SILE CPD Scheme. Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to for more information.

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In light of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation, the seminar is cancelled. 

Last updated on 05 Mar 2020 .