Nanyang Technological University

A General Guide to the Law on Internet Postings

To assist the students in compliance with the law on Internet Postings, the Student Affairs Office, working in conjunction with the Students’ Union in consultation with Mr Lau Kok Keng (Head, iTec Practice Group at Rajah & Tann LLP) has drafted for the students’ information, a simplified “Do’s and Don’ts” advisory list.

  • When blogging or posting, write about events as they happened and as accurately as possible.
  • Make positive or neutral comments about other people and organisations that will not affect their reputation or insult them.
  • If comments are in any way derogatory, stick to the truth that can be proven, and try not to refer to any particular person or organisation by name or in a manner that will cause his/her identity to be made obvious or known.
  • If comments are your own opinions, ensure they are honest opinions of facts that concern matters of public interest (e.g. where a crime has been committed).
  • Ensure any music, video, text or picture that you share on your blog/website is either free from copyright, or posted with the consent of the copyright owner.
  • Otherwise, use no more than 10% of it. In addition, the portion used must be insignificant compared with the entire song, video, artistic or literary work.


Don'ts

  • Make comments about people and organisations based on rumours, especially if they are derogatory.
  • Make false statements against people if it may cause them any harm.
  • Make racist comments or any comments that incite hatred among Singaporeans.
  • Make seditious comments.
  • Make comments that cause hatred or dissatisfaction about the Singapore justice system.
  • Assume that you cannot be identified when you post content on online forums/blogs/message boards from your computer with a nickname - you can be identified!!
  • Put links to copyrighted music/videos or share the music/videos on your website/blogsite.
  • Use copyrighted images from other websites on your website as background or share them!
  • Post obscene, vulgar, distasteful, sexually suggestive, abusive or offensive content in any form.


Note: Besides complying with the laws of Singapore, students must adhere to the NTU IT Rules for Student User Accounts if they use computer facilities provided by the University.

By Mr Lau Kok Keng of Rajah & Tann LLP

Note by Student Affairs Office

If you wish to view the Internet Code of Practice posted at the website of the Media Development Authority of Singapore, please log on at the following URL:

http://www.mda.gov.sg/Documents/PDF/Policies/PoliciesandContentGuidelines_Internet_InterneCodeofPractice.pdf

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