The case for a legislative amendment against 'Accessory Copyright' for grey market products: What can the U.S. learn from Singapore and Australia? Academic Article uri icon


  • In this article, we suggest that the U.S. Congress could implement a legislative provision prohibiting copyright protection for incidental product features in the context of parallel imports. The U.S.would not be the first country to implement such a provision. In 1994, Singapore pioneered the adoption of a similar provision, which was introduced as an amendment to the SG 1987 Copyright Act. A few years later, in 1998, Australia incorporated a similar amendment to its Aust. Copyright Act 1968. In this article, we analyse in detail the Singapore and Australia provisions and, building upon these provisions, we suggest a specific amendment that the U.S. Congress could introduce into the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.

published proceedings

  • Singapore Journal of Legal Studies

complete list of authors

  • Calboli, I||LaFrance, M

publication date

  • December 2013