Monday, September 12, 2011

Program of Copyright: Empowering the Research University

Empowering the Research University

Kick-off Event
of the
32nd Manila International Book Fair

Organized by

13 September 2011, Tuesday
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meeting Rooms 12 and 13, SMX Convention Center,
Mall of Asia, Pasay City


1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Philippine National Anthem
1:30 PM

Opening Remarks
Dr. Isagani R. Cruz
Chair, Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, Inc. (FILCOLS)

The US Experience
Bruce Funkhouser
Executive Director, International Division,
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)
1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

The Singapore Experience
Paul Wee
Chief Executive Officer,
Copyright Licensing and Administration Society of Singapore (CLASS)
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

The Norway Experience
John-Willy Rudolph
Senior Adviser, KOPINOR
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

The Philippine Proposal
Alvin Buenaventura
Executive Director,
Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, Inc.
4:00 – 4:10 p.m.

Open Forum

Atty. Andrea Pasion-Flores, Executive Director, National Book Development Board; and
Atty. Louie Andrew Calvario, Copyright Support Services head, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines will join the speakers
4:10 – 4:50 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Lirio P. Sandoval
President, Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP)

Ribbon-cutting/Opening of the MIBF
6:00 PM

Napoleon Almonte
FILCOLS Licensing Officer

Below is the welcome remarks of FILCOLS Chair Isagani Cruz:

Thank you for coming.

The drop of ratings of our best universities in the latest world rankings of universities is a wake-up call for us. We may have some of the best students in the world and some of the best teachers in the world, but if we don’t have some of the best researchers in the world, we will never count for anything in the academic world.

Universities are about research, pure and simple. And research cannot be done without reading books, without having books at hand. Unfortunately, being such a poor country, our scholars, students, and teachers cannot all afford to buy the books they need to do significant and timely research. We have to be content with photocopying a couple of pages from the few copies of books that are in libraries. But such photocopying, even under the conditions of fair use, is often illegal or at least unethical. Because universities are also about ethics, there is a contradiction between having research at hand and doing what is right.

To solve the problem of having research at our fingertips, literally, publishers around the world have come up with a system of copyright licensing.

Copyright licensing is not a negative thing. It is not stopping universities from doing research by limiting their access to books and portions of books. Rather, it is a positive thing. It empowers universities to access books and portions of books by giving them a chance to compensate the copyright owners by getting the prior permissions of these copyright owners.

That’s the spirit in which we should take what we will listen to this afternoon.

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