Monday, December 31, 2012

FILCOLS cellphone broadcast for Mindanao State University

FILCOLS Executive Director Alvin J. Buenaventura conducted the first cellphone broadcast about copyright and intellectual property for students of the Mindanao State University Main Campus last November 24, 2012.

From Manila, Buenaventura broadcasted his lecture "Copyright Made Easy" in Filipino language to about 200 students in MSU campus located in the Islamic City of Marawi in Mindanao. It was held during the two-day event entitled 'Ndao Seminar-Worksyap sa Panitikan at the IPDM Hall, MSU Main Campus, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur which was organized by the Kolehiyo ng Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pangkatauhan, Departamento ng Filipino at Iba pang Wika (through the invitation of FILCOLS member Angelito Flores, Jr.) and Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Filipino (SAMAFIL, MSU-Marawi).

A short Q & A session with Buenaventura was also held right after the lecture. One of the students asked about the possibility of a student's imprisonment for photocopying a copyrighted work inside the campus. Buenaventura assured the audience that the legal way of reproducing a copyrighted work in institutions such as universities should be the educational institutions' advocacy and, at the same time, responsibility. Most of the time, the students photocopy copyrighted works because of class requirements and because the books in the library are not enough for the population of the students, Buenaventura added.

The students and faculty members who were present during the lecture gave a very positive feedback for the said activity.

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