Rights and contracts in the publishing industry

By Trina Ha, Kylie Peh

27 April 2015 (Mon)
9am - 5.30pm

IP Academy, 51 Bras Basah Road, #01-01 Manulife Centre, Singapore 189554

Course Fee: $428.00

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Eligible media practitioners, including full-time media freelancers, are subject to up to 90% grant of the total course fees (excluding GST) with the MDA Talent Assistance (Training) Scheme.Please scroll to the end of the page for more information on the application process.


Join us in this full-day course and start equipping yourself with knowledge on Intellectual Property rights and issues in the publishing industry, including e-publishing/digital rights, translation rights and adaptation rights. This course is also designed to help you understand the fundamentals of Copyright, Trade Marks and Contract law in the publishing industry. Learn how to achieve success in the publishing world today!


Day 1

I. Intellectual Property Issues in Publishing (3 hrs)

  • Fundamentals of Copyright Law 

          What are copyright protected works

          Ownership issues – works by employees and free-lancers

           Duration and rights in copyright protected works

  • Liability of Publishers for Copyright Infringement and Defences
  • Copyright Clearances

         Use of Third Party Materials

         Online Materials and Terms of Use

         Obtaining clearances and licences

         Orphan Works

  • Implications of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012
  • Use of Trade Marks in the Publishing Industry

II.Introduction to Contract Law (0.5hr)

  • What constitutes a legally binding agreement
  • Documenting the agreement
  • Breach of Contract and Remedies

V. Publishing Rights (2.5 hrs)

  • Grant of publishing rights

        Review of clauses for different scope of rights

        Discussion on e-publishing / digital rights

  • Sub-Publishing Rights
  • Ancillary/Subsidiary Rights
  • Translation Rights
  • Overview of adaptation rights to different media platforms

About the trainer: Trina Ha, Kylie Peh

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. 

Kylie Peh

Kylie PEH is a Partner in the Intellectual Property, Technology & Media, Telecommunications and Data Protection Practices.

Her main practice areas encompass both contentious and non-contentious IP, IP portfolio management, privacy and data protection, as well as media and telecommunications work, covering transactional, enforcement and advisory work including technology transfers and licensing, IT agreements, franchising and IP due diligence, IP asset acquisitions, divestments and other arrangements in the context of corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Kylie has been involved in a number of significant matters including acting for SGCM Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings which operates Singapore's number one online car site "www.SgCarMart.com", against Portalone Pte. Ltd, the operators of "www.oneshift.com", on copyright infringement issues relating to the reproduction and republication of advertisements and other copyright content from SgCarMart.com without consent; Focal Marine Pte. Ltd. on matters relating to a claim for copyright infringement arising out of technical specifications; and a UAE-based media company in drafting and negotiating an electronic publishing agreement for the publication and distribution of e-books in relation to works of famous Arab authors for which the company had previously acquired the intellectual property rights.

Kylie graduated from the National University of Singapore and is admitted to the Singapore Bar.

Registration Details

Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 15 – 30 pax

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.


The Organiser will refund 75% of the course fees if written notice of withdrawal is received at least 1 week before the commencement of the course.  The remaining 25% will be charged as an administration fee. No refund will be made for any withdrawal after this period except in mitigating and extenuating circumstances (e.g. bereavement, illness and accidents), subject to management’s approval. Documentary evidence must be produced in such circumstances.

Substitutions are welcome at any time. However, such requests must be made to the IP Academy in writing.

Cancellation & Refund:

The Organiser reserves the right of cancellation. A full refund will be given to registrants if the course is cancelled by the Organiser. The IP Academy reserves the right to make changes to the programme.