Championing creators and users: The Korea-Philippines Copyright Forum 2015 on Fair Use

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Resource speakers respond to queries during the Open Forum at the 2015 Korea-Philippines Copyright Forum on Fair Use last June 25 at F1 Hotel, BGC, Taguig City.

More than a hundred participants of the 2015 Korea-Philippines Copyright Forum have learned about Copyright and Fair Use in Korea and the Philippines from distinguished resource speakers. Organized by the Korea Copyright Commission (KCC) and hosted by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (MCST) of South Korea, the forum was well attended by academic personnel, students, researchers, IT service providers, and bloggers last June 25 at the F1 Hotel Infinity Hall, BGC, Taguig City.

Senior Deputy Director Sung-Woon Hong of the Copyright Division Policy, MCST, gave the opening address while the welcome address was given by IPOPHL DG/OIC DDG Allan B. Gepty. Ambassador Jae-Shin Kim of the Embassy of Republic of Korea in the Philippines and Chairman Seung-Jong Oh of the Korea Copyright Commission congratulated the organizers, hosts, and participants of the forum.

The talks were divided into three topics: (1) current enforcement status regarding fair use in copyright and the policies of the two countries; (2) fair use of copyright works in the digital environment; and (3) current activation plan for use of copyright of the two parties in the digital era.

Under the first topic, Mr. Hyun-Wook Jung of of the Copyright Industry Division, MCST, gave an Introduction to Legal System for Copyright Use in Korea. He shared about KOGL, which is a set of licensing marks that helps the public to easily understand the condition of use when they attempt to exploit the works created by public institutions. The goal of KOGL is to realize a creative economy in Korea by establishing the basis for free use of the public works.

Mr. Hyun-Wook Jung and his Introduction to Legal System for Copyright Use in Korea
Mr. Hyun-Wook Jung talks about the legal system for copyright use in Korea.

Atty. Mark Herin of the Office of the Director General, IPOPHL, gave the counterpart talk on the Introduction to Legal System for Copyright Fair Use in the Philippines. He emphasized the four factors to be considered in determining fair use as stipulated in Section 185 of the IP Code (Fair Use of a Copyrighted Work).

Atty. Mark C. Herin and his Introduction to Legal System for Copyright Fair Use in the PH
Atty. Mark C. Herin defines copyright during his talk on Introduction to Legal System for Copyright Fair Use in the PH.

For the second topic, Ms. Soohyun Pae, Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator of Creative Commons, talked about the Development of Internet Service and Fair Use of Copyright Works. She shared how civic communities, public offices, and institutes have collaborated on various projects to promote the reuse of data, knowledge, and content in Korea, and how Creative Commons Korea plays a role in promoting open knowledge and creativity in Korea.

Ms. Soohyun Pae shares about Open Knowledge and Creativity in Korea.
Ms. Soohyun Pae shares about Open Knowledge and Creativity in Korea.

Associate Professor of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law Atty. JJ Disini talked about Fair Use Issues in the Commercial Sector.

Atty. JJ Disini discusses Fair Use Trends.
Atty. JJ Disini discusses Fair Use Trends during his talk on Fair Use Issues in the Commercial Sector.

For the third topic, Mr. Chul Nam Lee drew analogies from culture and the cultural industry (Kpop and traditional Korean music) when he talked about Copyright Protection and Fair Use In View of Technology, Market, and Institution.

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Mr. Chul Nam Lee discusses Copyright Protection and Fair Use In View of Technology, Market, and Institution.

Atty. Aileen V. Sicat drew from her experiences as a professor in the College of Law of the Lyceum of the Philippines for her talk on Issues and Challenges Regarding Copyright and Fair Use in the Academic Sector.

Atty. Aileen V. Sicat discusses Issues and Challenges Regarding Copyright and Fair Use in the Academic Sector.
Atty. Aileen V. Sicat discusses Issues and Challenges Regarding Copyright and Fair Use in the Academic Sector.

After the talks, the resource speakers responded to the participants’ questions on copyright and fair use.

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Be empowered by knowing Intellectual Property rights

Are you an inventor, a designer, or a proprietor? Are you working in a creative field? If you are, are you aware of your Intellectual Property (IP) rights?

Ushering a new vision of an Intellectual Property-conscious Philippines in a demystified, development-oriented, and democratized Intellectual Property system by 2020, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) reaches out to netizens by holding the 1st IP Bloggers’ Conference last April 17 at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Intellectuall Property Center in Upper McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

In his welcome remarks, IPOPHL Officer-in-Charge Atty. Allan Gepty pointed out how IP, like the Internet, can be a great equalizer. Citing J. K. Rowling as an example, he emphasized how beneficial to creators such as writers licensing can be.

Mr. Leo Losantas gave an overview of the IPOPHL. Created through Republic Act No. 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, IPOPHL is the Philippines’ lead agency in implementing state policies on IP.

Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright

Basic orientation on patents, trademarks, and copyright were given by Engr. Amelita Amon, Mr. Marlon Carag, and Atty. Louie Calvario, respectively.

A patent is an exclusive right granted by the State through the IPOPHL to a patent owner for a product, process, or an improvement of of a product or process for a specified period. A mark is any visible sign capable of distinguishing the goods (trademark) or services (service mark) of an enterprise and shall include a stamped or marked container of goods. Copyright pertains to the rights given to creators or authors for their literary and artistic works.

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Atty. Calvario discusses copyright at the 1st IP Bloggers’ Conference

Aside from the registration of IP assets, the IPOPHL seeks to develop the three facets of the IP system: economic, technological, and socio-cultural to encourage innovation, and respect for IP.

To learn more about IP and IPOPHL, visit http://www.ipophil.gov.ph/.