Tuesday, August 2, 2011
FILCOLS IP Made E-Z Launched at the De La Salle Lipa
FILCOLS launched the IP Made E-Z at the Old Gym, De La Salle Lipa, Lipa City, Batangas last 24 June 2011.
More than two hundred fifty individuals graced the event. Some were De La Salle Lipa faculty. Most were students coming from Legal Management, AB Communication and AB Communication Multimedia Arts courses. Writers from DLSL’s elementary, high school and collegiate levels also attended.
The event started with the National Anthem and a prayer.
Then Professor Emily T. Babasa, the Director of Culture, formally welcomed everyone to the event. The crowd cheered when Professor Babasa pointed out the characteristic of Jejemon language as she related it to the topic of the event. She was pertaining to the former title of the FILCOLS-initiated educational activity for the students.
She was followed by Professor Crecee Dimayuga Roldan, Cultural Officer of the Sports and Culture Directoriate, who gave her welcome remarks as well. Then she introduced Alvin Buenaventura, the resource speaker.
Alvin Buenaventura, the executive director of FILCOLS, talked about the basics of intellectual property and copyright. He also explained the connection of IP to the Philippine economics, education and academic publishing.
He tackled everything in conversational Filipino to make intellectual property concepts and issues less agonizing and intimidating for the Filipino students. He inserted some anecdotes and jokes to generate more interest from the audience which in turn had fun listening to even the most difficult concepts in Intellectual Property.
After his talk, Buenaventura introduced Alan Navarra, an artist and a writer from the Visprint Publishing. He presented writing and visual arts from the point of view of the creator. He also talked about having the courage to come up with avant-garde ideas especially in creative writing. He then talked about his creation, the book Girl Trouble which introduced a new way of narrating a guy’s experience of a break up. He also encouraged the students to start writing and creating now.
After Navarra’s visual arts-filled presentation, Prof. Roldan awarded him a certificate of appreciation and another certificate to FILCOL’s Buenaventura for sharing their time, talent and knowledge to the DLSL’s students. They came all the way from Manila despite the strong winds and rain brought by typhoon Falcon.
After the awarding, question and answer portion followed.
Kienle Jaurigue asked if a restaurant owner wants to offer “unlirice” (a coined word from unlimited serving of rice) to his/her customers, does he have to ask for permission from the restaurant that first used it. Buenaventura said that as long as “unlirice” is not registered as a trademark, anyone is free to use it. “Unlirice” is a concept and concepts are not copyrightable.
Jun Dio asked if his poetry and very short essays become the property of Facebook administration once he post them on his FB wall. Buenaventura advised that he check the Users Licensing Agreement (ULA) of Facebook. If it says that anything posted on Facebook (wall or account or anything at all) will be the property of Facebook administration and the user agreed to it by checking the box beside the ULA, it means he/she already assigned the copyright of the works to FB.
Professor Myrna de Castro asked a question related to the one about Facebook. She shared that she and some students made a video then posted it on youtube site. She wanted to know if the youtube administration already owns the copyright. Buenaventura said yes. Once a person posts anything on youtube.com and agrees on ULA, he/she is surrendering the rights over the works.
Vernadette Estole who was wearing a shirt that says Loyal, Just, Legal (referring to the legal management students like her) said that photocopying the whole book is considered as unloyal, unjust and therefore unlegal. It earned her cheers from her colleagues.
Catherine Perez inquired about the penalties if one is found guilty of violating the IP Code of the Philippines. Buenaventura named: cancellation of patents, cease and desist orders, fines or penalties in the form of money and imprisonment among others.
Jerick Ilagan asked if he wants to translate a song, should he pay for the copyright of the song. Buenaventura replied if the song is not yet under the public domain, he must ask for permission to translate from the original writer or composer of the song. He/she will pay if the copyright owner asks for payment. Buenaventura added if the translation of the song takes the form of a parody, it is okay. The translator doesn’t need to ask for permission from the copyright owner.
Elijah Molate asked Navarra how to generate unique ideas for writing. Navarra answered that going for the scariest thought of yours usually does the job. The magic resides in fear.
A female grade school student threw in the last question. She asked Navarra about his feelings of being an artist and a writer at the same time. Navarra shared that it was a mixture of happiness and dread. He is happy but scared.
There were not enough time to tackle all of the questions from the audience. Buenaventura invited everyone to send queries to FILCOLS through email.
Then, Beverly Siy, Executive Officer of FILCOLS, acknowledged the individuals and the offices that made the event possible: DLSL's Emily T. Babasa, Culture Director, and Prof. Crecee Dimayuga Roldan who did the coordination and event planning.
FILCOLS’ IP made E-Z, formerly named IP in the Age of Jejemon, is organized in coordination with Visprint Publishing through Nida Ramirez-Gatuz and Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines through its Director General Atty. Ricardo Blancaflor and Atty. Louie Andrew Calvario.
IP Made E-Z aims to raise the students’ awareness on IP and copyright and to help them gain more knowledge about what they can do for the country through respect for IP. The first lectures were held in University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Naga University and Global City Innovative College in Taguig.
FILCOLS receives support from the Norwegian Copyright Development Association (NORCODE) and Kopinor. NORCODE is an international copyright development group funded by five copyright societies namely KOPINOR, GRAMO, TONO, BONO and NORWACO. KOPINOR is the reproduction rights (RRO) of Norway while FILCOLS is the RRO of the Philippines.
FILCOLS encourage the heads of the universities and colleges to hold similar events in their respective campuses. The activity will help develop more responsible members of the academe, students, professors, scholars and writers.
FILCOLS is open to invitations and proposals in and outside of Metro Manila. Send queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Beverly Siy. You are welcome to repost or include this in any publication provided that the writer/copyright owner gets credit. Photos are from Ms. Crecee Roldan. Posted here with permission.