Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Japan and Denmark Sign Repertoire Exchange Agreements with FILCOLS

The Philippines recently signed bilateral agreements that will allow the licensing and collection of fees for the reproduction of copyrighted works from Japan and Denmark.

The Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, Inc. forged the agreement with the Japan Academic Association for Copyright Clearance (JAACC) and Copydan. It happened during the Senior Managers Forum in Copenhagen held last 9-10 February 2011.

FILCOLS is the national reproduction rights organization (RRO) of the country. Bilateral agreements allow RROs to expand their repertoire of works. This means that the works carried by FILCOLS is now part of the works carried by JAACC and vice versa.

FILCOLS, JAACC, and Copydan are members of the Brussels-based International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO).

“This agreement empowers us to visit language schools teaching Nihongo and to collect fees for the photocopying of Japanese works for the use of their students,” said Alvin J. Buenaventura, FILCOLS executive director, during the signing of the agreement with Dr. Yutaka Noma, JAACC executive director.

With Buenaventura was Atty. Javier P. Flores, FILCOLS legal counsel, who participated in the meetings with senior officers of the American and British RROs regarding bilateral agreements.

Anders Kristian Rasch, Copydan's managing director, signed the agreement with FILCOLS at their company office in Bryggenvangen, Copenhagen.

FILCOLS is supported by the National Book Development Board, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, Book Development Association of the Philippines, and the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas.

Since becoming a member of IFRRO in 2009, FILCOLS signed bilateral agreements with the RROs of Australia, Argentina, Colombia, India, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Written by Alvin J. Buenaventura

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