SPH responds to cupcake controversy

SINGAPORE - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has responded to an online controversy involving the reproducing of SPH articles by celebrity cupcake-shop owner, Daniel Ong, 36.

It says it does not object to individuals reproducing its articles for personal use, but will expect to be paid licensing fees if they are reproduced and its copyright exploited, for commercial use.

Mr Ong had complained over Facebook and Twitter about being asked to pay licensing and investigation fees for putting up SPH articles about his bakery, Twelve Cupcakes, on its website.

The two articles, from Chinese evening paper Shin Min Daily News and Simply Her magazine, were reproduced in full, reported The Straits Times.

Mr Ong said he was asked to pay $535 for each article, and was then asked to pay a $214 "investigative fee" after he said he would remove the articles.

Mr Ong also claimed he was charged "almost $3,000" in total, which SPH says is not the case. 

His Facebook postings attracted more than 1,600 likes and 400 comments as of Thursday evening. 

The bakery was set up less than a year ago by the former DJ and his wife, former Miss Singapore Universe, Jaime Teo, 35.

In its response last night on its Facebook page, SPH reiterated that under copyright law, the copyright for a piece of work belongs to the author and not the person who provided the information or granted the interview.

"In Mr Daniel Ong's case, he and his wife granted interviews to Singapore Press Holdings' newspapers and magazines.

"After the articles were published, he reproduced the articles from Shin Min Daily News and Simply Her on his business website - http://www.twelvecupcakes.com," it said.

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