The New Paper sought the views of our Suang Wijaya on the use or re-publication of photographs online. The issue came up after Ms Gia Lim discovered edited photos of herself on a Tumblr blog with pornographic content.
“Under Singapore law, one generally does not have the power to restrict or control the republication or use of one’s photographs which have already been published.
“Parliament may consider enacting legislation to better protect image rights, to increase the types of situations in which the subject of a photograph which has already been published may sue for inappropriate use or re-publication of that photograph of him or her.
“However, care should be taken in the drafting of such legislation, so as not to outlaw socially acceptable use or re-publication of photographs.”