*Dealings in Copyright
12.1.13 Being a property right, copyright can be licensed, assigned or otherwise transferred in a variety of ways. For instance, the copyright owner can license or assign the right to reproduce his work in a material form to one person and the right to perform the work in public to another person. He can also license or assign the copyright in terms of the whole or part of the copyright period or by geographical area. As a result, there can be a bewilderingly large number of licensees and/or owners of different parts of the copyright in a work.
12.1.14 An assignment of copyright (whether total or partial) must be in writing and signed by or on behalf of the assignor (the copyright owner). An assignment can also be entered into in respect of copyright that has yet to come into existence, in which event the assignment will only be effective to transfer ownership of the copyright as soon as the work is created.
12.1.15 A licence need not be in writing, although it is advisable that it should be so, especially in the case of an exclusive licence (see below). A licence which is not in writing does not bind subsequent assignees of the copyright except a bona fide purchaser for value who does not know of the licence. A licence may be exclusive or non-exclusive. An exclusive licence even excludes the licensor (i.e. the copyright owner) from doing whatever the licence permits – that is, the exclusive licensee is almost the owner of the copyright. Indeed, section 123 of the CA treats an exclusive licensee as the owner for many purposes connected with remedies, as it states that the rights and remedies of an exclusive licence are concurrent with those of the copyright owner.
*The above refers to the jurisdiction of Singapore, if you want to use the rights of the copyright, you must specify which market is involved, and the laws of that market applies, and the licensing fees will be corresponding applied based on the marketshare. There will be incentives for non-profit who do not need to pay the full licensing fees with subsidies based on the area of work they are involved. I can even help non-profit raise funds by profit sharing my works. I am not so merciless to demand a bundle to prevent others to make money, but I will pursue all the way my legal rights to those who tries to cheat and steal.
P/s : Even for CC License you need to apply for permission even if it is free, but I did not receive any application, neither did I grant anything, so be prepared to get sued for those who use my works without permission. I can afford to license out my work for free, but I cannot afford to give in to those who rob and steal, like what is happening now when nobody pays me a single cent. I tell you what, I will not licence or register any of my inventions in the US, let’s see if they come and beg me when they are decades behind in technology.
– Contributed by Oogle.