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COPYRIGHT

Copyright protects the expression of ideas in tangible forms, including works like novels or computer programmes. Read on to find out more about copyright.

Collective Management Organisations (CMOs)

A collective management organisation (CMO) is appointed by copyright holders to manage the rights in their copyright works. A CMO administers the licensing of rights, collection of royalties and enforcement of rights on behalf of the copyright holders. A CMO will then monitor the use of works, and collect licence fees on the copyright owners’ behalf.

If you intend to use a work protected by copyright, such as music or other sound recordings, you will need to be authorised and may obtain licenses from either the copyright owners, or from CMOs administering the relevant rights governing your use of such works.

List of CMOs 

Composers and Authors Society of Singapore Ltd

Represents composers and lyricists

The rights that it administers include the following: Contact details
  • Reproduction rights of musical works
  • Reproduction rights of lyrics
  • Public performance rights of musical works
  • Public performance rights of lyrics

Email: licence@compass.org.sg

Website: www.compass.org.sg

Recording Industry Music Services Singapore

Represents a specific group of record labels

The rights that it administers include the following: Contact details
  • Reproduction rights of films featured in music videos and karaoke videos

Website: www.rimss.com.sg

Music Rights (Singapore) Public Limited

Represents various major record labels

The rights that it administers include the following: Contact details
  • Reproduction of karaoke videos and music videos for use on karaoke-on-demand systems in Singapore.
  • Reproduction rights of sound recordings;
  • Public performance rights of films featured in music videos and karaoke videos

Tel: (65) 6475 1181

Website: www.mrss.com.sg

Copyright Licensing and Administration Society of Singapore Ltd

Represents authors and book publishers

The rights that it administers include the following: Contact details
  • Reproduction rights of literary works featured in books, journals and periodicals

Tel: (65) 6223 5521

Email: info@class-singapore.com

Website: www.class-singapore.com

Motion Picture Licensing Company (Singapore) Private Limited

Represents over 800 Hollywood studios, independent, special interest, and local producers

The rights that it administers include the following: Contact details
  • Public performance rights of motion pictures and other audio-visual programs.

Tel: (65) 6392 0152

Email: info@mplc.com

Website: www.mplc.sg

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