Answered By: Siu Chen Lim
Last Updated: Aug 22, 2019     Views: 171

It is copyright infringement to photocopy/scan entire books or journal issues. 

You may only copy “reasonable portions” for purposes of coming within the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Act, s 7:-

  • books. 1 chapter or 10% of the number of pages 
  • electronic materials. where the work is stored on an electronic medium and not divided into pages, 10% of the total number of bytes or 10% of the total number of words  
  • journal issues.
    • one (1) article from each journal issue a reasonable portion 
    • two (2) or more articles from the same journal issue only if they are on the same subject matter  

Note: The above guideline does not apply to DVDs, VCDs, CD-ROMs, VHS or other materials.

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