January 24, 2022

Singapore: National Library Board No Longer Needs Written Consent to Archive Online Content with ‘Historical Value’

From The Straits Times:

The National Library Board (NLB) now has the power to collect Singapore-related materials published only in electronic form – including e-books, online magazines and streamed content.

With amendments to the NLB Act passed on Monday (July 9), it will also no longer need to seek written consent from owners of local websites before making copies of online content deemed to be of historical value to Singapore.


Replying to questions from Mr Ong Teng Koon (Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC) on the scope of the Act, Mr Iswaran said the automated “Web-harvesting” applies only to .sg domain sites – Singapore websites – meaning that material on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram will not be archived.

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