Monday, March 19, 2012

FILCOLS' IP MADE AZ @ Arellano University

FILCOLS' IP Made EZ was held at the Little Theater, Arellano University (AU) Main Campus last 17 March 2012. IP Made E-Z is FILCOLS' forum on copyright especially designed for the tertiary students.

Around 130 graduate students and AU professors were present. The program started at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Federico Castillo, the academic coordinator of FCMSGS-Education, delivered the welcome and opening remarks. Dr. Remedios Fernandez, the Dean of FCMSGS-Nursing, introduced the Keynote Speakers.

FILCOLS' Executive Director Alvin J. Buenaventura gave a talk entitled IP Oras-oras, Araw-araw. He explained the importance of intellectual property in our everyday existence. The audience responded positively with their hearty laughter and occasional nods.

Buenaventura was followed by Atty. Mark Robert Dy, consultant of Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). He talked about the basics of copyright and plagiarism.

Then came the question and answer portion. Below are some of the questions from the audience and the answer of Atty. Dy and Mr. Buenaventura:

Q. Is it possible to have copyright registration at the National Library through online means?

A. No. One can download the form but he/she still needs to go the library to submit documents and pay the fees. One may also avail of the copyright registration services offered by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines and its 10 satellite offices all over the country.

Q. How long is the copyright protection?

A. In the Philippines, it’s the lifetime of the author plus 50 years.

Q. How much is the fee if I go through IPOPHL or one of its satellite offices for my copyright registration?

A. It’s P650 per work.

Q. Is it okay to download photos from the internet to be used in my powerpoint presentation?

A. There is no definite answer unless you specify the purpose of the powerpoint presentation. Permission is still needed if you are to use these photos for a business presentation. You are encouraged to check Creative Commons website because it is specified which works are available for use for free or for minimal requirements. You may also want to check photos from Wikipedia. They are usually cleared from copyright. Someone was recently asked to pay P15,000 as penalty for posting in his/her website a photo that is owned by another person. Because of the technology, it is easier for copyright owners to trace the users of their works. Please avoid illegal downloading.

Q. I am taking photos of your powerpoint presentation. Am I committing copyright violation?

A. It depends on where you’re going to use these photos. If it’s for documentation purposes, it’s okay.

Q. Counterfeit goods and pirated products are everywhere. Even the education system
is being penetrated by these pirates through fake transcript of records and fake thesis. How effective are the laws and the policies regarding this problem?

A. Government is doing its best but it needs the help of everyone. It needs everybody’s participation. We need to respect other people’s property. This will heighten our sophistication and understanding of copyright and IP.

Q. If I use a quotation by an author from the ancient times (like Plato), should I still mention his/her name?

A. Yes. If you don’t know the name of the author, just put unknown author in your speech.

Q. Who is the author of dissertation and thesis in the Graduate School?

A. It should be the students. But it depends on the IP policy of the school. AU should have one.

Q. Is it okay to plagiarize one’s own work for another employer? For example, some parts of your thesis are also included in the dissertation as major parts.

A. It’s not okay. Even if it’s not infringement and even if you are not plagiarizing other people’s intellectual work, it is still intellectual dishonesty. These usually happen through recycling of articles so that reporters may submit the same but rehashed articles for different publications.

Before the program ended, certificates were awarded to the speakers. It was led by Dr. Fernandez and Dr. Calderon. Closing remarks were delivered by Prof. Ma. Teresa F. Calderon, the Dean of FCMSGS-Education.

The program was emceed by Mr. Mark Gil dela Rosa and Ms. Bernadette Endaya.

FILCOLS' IP Made E-Z was coordinated by Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society (FILCOLS) in cooperation with the IPOPHL, Florentino Cayco Memorial School of Graduate Studies and Research and Publications Department and Graduate School Students Association.

Norway's NORCODE and KOPINOR sponsored the event.

For those who are interested to hold an IP Made E-Z in their universities or colleges, please contact the FILCOLS Secretariat at 746-7162, 747-9250 local 401 or We are open to invitations especially those that come from outside Metro Manila.

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