Can I record a TV or cable programme?
Yes, you can do so for your own private and domestic use. This is an exception recognised under our copyright law. What is private and domestic use often depends on the facts. For example, if you only invite a select group of friends and relatives to a gathering, then it is more likely that the viewing of the recorded programme will be considered as private and domestic. On the other hand, if you invite a large group of friends and then permit those friends to invite their own friends, then it is more likely that the viewing of the recorded programme will be considered to be seen in public. In such a situation, there is copyright infringement. It is important to bear in mind that a recording might be seen in public even on private property (e.g. party held in function room of a private condominium). As an alternative, you may instead choose to watch the actual television broadcast or cablecast during the party. This is allowed under our copyright law if the audience is non-paying.
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