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Patrick Tay on Copyright Bill

Freelancers face the challenge of a "power asymmetry" with their service buyers. One common gripe is that service buyers adopt a "take it or leave it" approach. This means freelancers are unable to meaningfully negotiate. This is particularly acute for Government contracts, in which they have to make an unlimited number of revisions or changes to the products, and are only paid on completion and delivery of products and services. MP Patrick Tay highlighted this concern in Parliament on Monday (Sep 13) and proposed solutions which he summarised as the "3 Es" - exemplification by the public sector, educating the public, service buyers and freelancers, and enlightening service buyers.

Freelancers face the challenge of a "power asymmetry" with their service buyers. One common gripe is that service buyers adopt a "take it or leave it" approach. This means freelancers are unable to meaningfully negotiate. This is particularly acute for Government contracts, in which they have to make an unlimited number of revisions or changes to the products, and are only paid on completion and delivery of products and services. MP Patrick Tay highlighted this concern in Parliament on Monday (Sep 13) and proposed solutions which he summarised as the "3 Es" - exemplification by the public sector, educating the public, service buyers and freelancers, and enlightening service buyers.

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