Copyfight! What happens when copyright meets official secrets?
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Copyfight! What happens when copyright meets official secrets?

LKY and Lee Wei Ling By: Akikonomu In his judgement, the honorable Tay Yong Kwan appears to have made a Solomonic decision: the Attorney-General gets his Official Secrets Act to apply to the interview and transcripts, and the Estate of the late Mr Lee gets its full copyright to the same interview and transcripts. That is to say, the Estate has “full copyright and literary rights”, only to the extent of checking that the Government complies with the Interview Agreement. In practice, the reality of the National Archives These materials will be part of the national archival collections and may be referred to by researchers, civil servants, teachers, students, broadcasters, and members of the public — announcement of the Oral History Programme by Mr Chai Chong Yii, on 6 March 1981 Yet in our previous post , we argued that this judgment seems to disregard the publicly available and legally backed operating guidelines and established practices of the National Archives regarding interviews with government officials on politically sensitive matters, to arrive at a decision that would not have made sense to the Archives, or any reputable archival institution. From an archival perspective, insofar as the Official Secrets Act exists, […]

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