Copyright protects the original and tangible works of creators from being used by others without permission. Copyright exists automatically once the work is created and no registration is required. It is a good practice to insert the copyright symbol © on a piece of work with the name as well as year in which it is created to remind others that copyright exists.


By providing exclusive rights to copyright owners to control the use of their work, they are encouraged to put in greater effort, time and energy into their creation. As such, more creative works that are of benefit to society and individuals will be produced. We can play our part in respecting the works of others by seeking permission from the copyright owners to use their works.

Copyright Materials on the Internet

In the digital age, texts, pictures, photos, songs and games can be easily downloaded. The fact that these materials are made available on the Internet does not mean that anyone can download or reproduce them freely. All materials on the Internet including websites and graphics are copyright-protected unless  otherwise stated.
Though a web page is subjected to copyright, the individual works (e.g. music, text, images) found on it can be  protected by a separate copyright. It is always a good practice to check the terms and conditions of use of the website and those of the works before hyperlinking it. Besides, forwarding an email which contains copyright material without the permission of the owner is considered a violation of copyright.

Some works may be protected by a Creative Commons license. Copyright licenses from Creative Commons contain different options on the terms of sharing and crediting. Read more here.

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