Understanding rights and contracts for writers and illustrators

By Trina Ha

21 September 2015 (Mon)
9am - 12.30pm

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

Course Fee: $299.60

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


Interested in finding out how to manage the contractual relationship between you and the publisher? Not sure what the terms in a publishing contract mean? This 3-hour course specially designed for writers and illustrators aims to furnish you with all these know-hows. . You will also learn whether your works are copyright protected and how you can obtain the necessary copyright clearances for your works.

Programme Outline

I.     Fundamentals of Copyright Law (1.5 Hr) 

  • What are copyright protected works
  • Ownership issues
  • Duration and Rights in copyright protected works
  • Copyright Infringement and Defences
  • Copyright Clearances and Use of Third Party Materials

II.   Publishing Rights (1.5 hr)

  • Grant of publishing rights including e-publishing / digital rights
  • Ancillary/Subsidiary Rights
  • Understanding the terms of a publishing contract and key issues

About the trainer: Trina Ha

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. 

Registration Details

IMDA Talent Assistance Specialised Training Grant

Successful applicants will receive support of 90% of course fee (excluding GST), capped at $2,500 per course for IMDA’s approved local and online courses. Applicants will also be eligible for up to $15,000 per annum (from 1 April to 31 March) in funding support to defray part of the costs for the course fees, airfare and living expenses when they attend short overseas specialised media courses not found in Singapore or for skills needed by the industry.

Please visit http://www.sixdegrees.asia to apply or for more information. You will be required to setup a basic account

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.