What is Intellectual Property of the Philippines?

PNoy orders review of changes in copyright  February 15, 2013 – 04:01 pm
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President Benigno Aquino III has ordered his legal team to review a bill seeking to amend the Intellectual Property Code amid strong opposition on the measures against jailbreaking, downloading and sharing music, and bringing home books and DVDs from abroad, among other things.

Deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said the position papers of various groups opposing the amendments had been submitted to the Office of the President.

“Those three measures are precisely the ones that have been given to the Office of the President’s legal team that is reviewing the bill and the objections to it, ” Valte said.

Since the measures do not involve revenues or tariffs, the President cannot do a line veto.

That means Mr. Aquino may only sign it into law in its entirety or veto it in full.

Internet rights activists have urged the President to veto the proposed IPC amendments.

But according to Ricardo Blancaflor, director-general of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, the proposed amendments should not cause panic.

“You can bring in as many CDs and DVDs and books as long as you do not infringe on the rights of creators, ” Blancaflor said in a television interview.

He said jailbreaking was not a crime in itself.

Source: Manila Standard Today

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