Skip to main content Founder sends open letter to Singapore opposition party, SDP, to stop using articles without permission

The founder of local sports blog,, has written an open letter on his Facebook notes to the Singapore Democratic Party to stop taking stories from the blog without permission.

Wrote Leslie Tan, founder of,

By putting my name and the name of up on your site at the head of the article, you make it seem like I contributed the article to you willingly and am part of your news gathering crew. I never was, am not, and never will be (especially after this incident).

I wish to tell you in no uncertain terms to stop taking any stories from now on without permission. This is the second infringement. The first time, we put down to an honest mistake. The second time is just dishonest.

Leslie was referring to the two articles, first on the YOG and the second on the brawl at a recent S-League match.

The article on the S-League match has since been replaced with another story from, but still infringes on the copyrights of the UK daily.

Though SDP has linked when they cut and paste and article, but by putting the Redsports byline to it may associate the blog to it against the wishes of the blog owner.

SDP should have just put the header, the first two paragraphs, a link to the post and a disclaimer on the post.

Copying a headline was recently judged by an Australian court to be not an infringement on copyrights.


The Federal Court’s Justice Bennett has ruled that no copyright exists in headlines, in a defining case brought by Fairfax Media Publications against Reed International Books Australia (trading as Lexis Nexis).

Justice Bennett found that Fairfax had failed to prove that any of the ten selected Australian Financial Review headlines it submitted was a discrete work of joint authorship in which copyright could subsist.

(PS: Technically, Leslie’s open letter in Facebook isn’t that open as it requires a log-in to a Facebook. Maybe Leslie should consider putting it on


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