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Jamus Lim on Copyright Bill

The Copyright Bill debated in Parliament on Monday (Sep 13) seeks to streamline the expiry of copyright to 70 years from the date of the creator’s passing, or from the date of creation or publication. MP Jamus Lim asked how the term of 70 years was chosen, noting that such protection inhibits the use of work that could have net benefits for society. On fair use provisions, he sought clarity on whether the Bill provides exemptions not just for learning purposes in educational institutions but also for other uses such as by think tanks or research institutes.

The Copyright Bill debated in Parliament on Monday (Sep 13) seeks to streamline the expiry of copyright to 70 years from the date of the creator’s passing, or from the date of creation or publication. MP Jamus Lim asked how the term of 70 years was chosen, noting that such protection inhibits the use of work that could have net benefits for society. On fair use provisions, he sought clarity on whether the Bill provides exemptions not just for learning purposes in educational institutions but also for other uses such as by think tanks or research institutes.

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