Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Copyright Experts from US, Norway & Singapore to deliver lectures on IP to Educ Sector

Kick-Off Activity for Manila International Book Fair @ SMX

Intellectual Property (IP) or Copyright experts/authorities from the United States, Norway and Singapore will deliver lectures before local college and university officials on Sept. 13.

“Copyright: Empowering the Research University,” a forum about intellectual property, copyright, research and education, happens at Meeting Rooms 12 & 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. The lecture will kick-off the Manila International Book Fair which officially opens at 6 p.m. at SMX on the same day.

To deliver lectures at the forum are Bruce Funkhouser, executive director of the International Division of the Copyright Clearance Center of the United States, on licensing solutions in the U.S.; John-Willy Rudolph, senior adviser, Kopinor of Norway, on the experiences of Kopinor with some of the best educational institutions in Norway; and Paul Wee, chief executive officer of the Copyright Licensing and Administration Society of Singapore (CLASS) on the Singaporean experience.

Top officials including heads, deans, officers, legal counsels and intellectual property officers from universities and colleges are invited to attend.

The opening remarks will be delivered by Dr. Isagani R. Cruz, chair of the Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society (FILCOLS) , the main organizer of the event. A non-profit organization of copyright owners, FILCOLS aims to collectively manage the reproduction rights of copyright owners.

During the forum, FILCOLS executive director Alvin Buenaventura will present to the education sector how it could help colleges and universities become top research institutions through the collective management societies or the Philippines’ national reproduction rights organizations (RRO).

Collective management of rights is the solution used by RROs in many countries to address the massive unauthorized photocopying and scanning of copyrighted works. These RROs formed the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO) in 1984. FILCOLS became the latest IFRRO member on June 2009.

National Book Development Board (NBDB) executive director Atty. Andrea Pasion-Flores and a representative from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will join the question-and-answer session after the lectures and the presentation of the RRO proposal.

Book Development Board of the Philippines (BDBP) president Lirio P. Sandoval will deliver the closing remarks.

Registration to the forum is at P500. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. There are only 80 slots. First come, first served. For details, please contact Maricel Cartujano at 747-9250 local 401, 746-7162, 0919-3175708 or You may also visit for a backgrounder on FILCOLS. This event is made possible with the help of the Norwegian Copyright Development Association (NORCODE) and RRO of Norway, KOPINOR.

Written by Claire Agbayani

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