Copyright and Contracts in the Publishing Industry

By Trina Ha, Samuel Seow

8 March 2012 (Thu)
10.30am – 6.30pm

Toa Payoh Public Library
6 Toa Payoh Central, Singapore 319191

Course Fee: $280.00

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Copyright and Contracts in the Publishing Industry

(Covering Print and Digital)
This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of contract law. Participants will learn to
understand and identify the different rights that exist in publishing and the relevant clauses in
publishing contracts. This workshop will also cover the Copyright in the Online World.


• Introduction to Copyright
• Copyright Ownership
• Infringement and Defences
• Clearances
• Copyright in the Online World
• Introduction to Contract Law
• Publishing rights and Digital rights
• Anatomy of a publishing contract

Who Needs This Course

Editors, Publishers and anyone who has the task of drafting contracts.

Also for writers who need to understand more about publishing contracts.


Your Workshop Leader

Trina Ha is a Director in the Corporate Department and the Media and Entertainment Practice
Group of Samuel Seow Law Corporation. At her previous position as a Legal Counsel at MDA, Trina
established the media legal clinics with IPOS and also organised various talks on intellectual
property rights in the media industry, which included researching on relevant issues and drawing up
the outline and content.

She specialises in the practice of corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on intellectual
property law and media and entertainment law. Her practice in these fields is buttressed by her
extensive exposure to a wide range of transactions over the years (including legal documentation
for the financing and production of feature films and television programmes, option rights on books,
agreements for development and licensing of computer games, franchise and distribution
agreements, and technology transfer agreements).

Trina has conducted talks for various clients and associations on intellectual property rights. These
included MediaCorp, MICA and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce. In addition to that, she has
also conducted a workshop, funded by MICA, under an incubation project on exploitation of
intellectual property rights which included issues on publishing, for a group of individuals and

In 2000, she co-authored the volume on Media Law published by Butterworths as the first title in the
series of Singapore Precedents and Forms.

About the trainer: Trina Ha, Samuel Seow

Trina Ha

Ms Trina Ha is a legal counsel at the IP Academy. Previously in legal practice, she specialised in matters involving the protection, management and exploitation of intellectual property rights in various industries including the media, telecommunications, internet, F&B, retail and fashion sectors.  She was also at one point legal counsel with the Media Development Authority of Singapore where she drafted, reviewed and negotiated the contracts for the Authority’s range of investments in film, television, animation and game development and production.  She has conducted talks and customized workshops on intellectual property rights for various companies, organisations and institutes of higher learning. Ms Ha co-authored the volume on Media Law published by Butterworths as the first title in the series of Singapore Precedents and Forms.  During her time in legal practice, she was ranked annually since 2007 in the intellectual property industry and TMT industry by the Asia Pacific Legal 500. 

Samuel Seow

Described as a “mover and shaker” in Singapore’s legal industry by Asian Legal Business, Samuel Seow is the Managing Director of Samuel Seow Law Corporation, and his expertise lies in the field of intellectual property law, with a special focus on the application of these laws to the entertainment, arts and media industries. The Law Corporation has also been ranked annually in the prestigious “AsiaPacific Legal 500”in the field of media laws and intellectual property. Samuel is also a member of several international entertainment and trade mark associations. Samuel regularly speaks at seminars and courses on the subjects of Intellectual Property as well as Entertainment, Arts and Media laws. 

Registration Details

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation of workshop, two weeks before the workshop date.

All ALAP workshops serve tea-breaks and provide course handouts.

Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances ( E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us later than two weeks before the workshop date will receive a 50 % refund. Participants can also opt to attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.