Is copyright cross-jurisdictional? Will local copyrights be valid outside of Singapore?

Last updated on December 10, 2011

A piece of work created in Singapore is usually automatically protected by Singapore’s copyright laws, without even the need to register. Additionally, most copyrights in Singapore are protected in foreign nations, particularly countries that are members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Singapore is a member of certain international organisations, as well as a signatory to particular international agreements, which protect copyright. For instance, one of these agreements is the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

Pursuant to TRIPS, in most cases, subject to certain conditions, all WTO members are required to abide by this certain obligations in this agreement, which may serve to protect the copyright work of a Singapore citizen in other WTO member countries.

For more information on copyright matters, do refer to the website of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.