Saturday, August 9, 2014

Copy & Repro conference to tackle book piracy at the 35th Manila International Book Fair

Photocopying and scanning whole textbooks called “book alikes” is a lucrative business in and around educational institutions. Book piracy, online and offline, is rampant and is one of the reasons for the inclusion of the Philippines in the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Special 301 Watch List.

The USTR Special 301 Watch List “identify those countries that deny adequate and effective protection for IP rights or deny fair and equitable market access for persons that rely on IP protection.”

Philippines removed from the US piracy list

Under the leadership of Intellectual Property Office (IP Philippines) director general Ricardo R. Blancaflor and the National Committee on IPR (NCIPR), the Philippines was removed from the USTR Special 301 Watch List this year. The country has been on the list for the past 20 years. 

But it does not mean that the country has eradicated book piracy. IP Philippines and its partners in government and in the private sector set-up mechanisms to protect IPRs including combating book piracy.

IP Philippines spearheaded the campaign for the successful signing into law of RA 10372 which amended the Law on Copyright in early 2013.  Aside from raids of stores selling counterfeit goods and seizure of pirated books in some photocopy shops, it promotes awareness on the law’s significant provisions on IPRs.