Fair use changes to law in Singapore could make it easier to defend memes

SINGAPORE – Rihanna’s yellow gown at the 2015 Met Gala in New York lit a fire under the Internet’s meme machine. The “omelette dress”, as it was quickly dubbed, spawned images including one of the pop star in a frying pan and another edited to refashion the gown’s 3m-long train into a giant pizza.

But, would using the red carpet images of Rihanna – which are copyrighted by their respective photographers and photo agencies – in this way have been legal here under “fair dealing” exceptions?

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