Singapore Copyright Review - Enhancing Creators' Rights and Users' Access to Copyrighted Works

On 17 January 2019, the Ministry of Law released its report on the Copyright Review following two rounds of public consultations in 2016 and 2017. The Ministry of Law will make amendments to the Copyright Act to provide better support to creators and the use and enjoyment of creative works in the digital age. A copy of the report can be found here. The key proposed amendments outlined in the report include, among others: (1) enhancement of creators’ rights; (2) improvements to users’ access to copyrighted materials; and (3) aid to creators and users in the collective licensing of copyrighted works.

European Parliament approves EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement and EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement

The European Parliament has given its consent to the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement ("EUSFTA") and EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement ("EUSIPA") on 13 February 2019. The EUSFTA and EUSIPA are the first trade and investment agreements concluded between the EU and an ASEAN member state. Both the EU and Singapore will undertake their respective internal administrative processes to enable the EUSFTA to enter into force as soon as possible.

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