Dolphy, other local artists’ performances are now protected under new IPR Code

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PAST and present performances of artists like Dolphy are now protected after the Congressional Bicameral Conference committee approved provision in a measure amending the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.

In an interview, Villar said that the committee has approved provisions giving protection to all performances, past and present, of all local artists like Dolphy, against infringement including the creation of the Bureau of Copyright, and giving exception to the blind to use copyrighted materials without permission from the owner.

“We want to make sure that protection for our local artists are included in the new law,” Villar said.

Villar added that aside from the protection of local artists performances, the Bicameral conference committee held at the Trader’s Hotel, has approved a provision giving exception to the blind in using copyrighted materials without permission or infringement.

“The conference committee has approved a provision on the exception for the blind, on the copyright law, basta non-commercialized, they can copy anything,” Villar said.

Also, the committee also approved the creation of the Bureau of Copyright under the Intellectual Property Office to exercise exclusive appellate jurisdiction over all decision rendered by the Director of Legal Affairs, the  Director of Patents, the Director of Trademarks, the Director of Copyright, and the Director of the Documentation, Information and Technology Transfer Bureau.

The decisions of the Director General in the exercise of his appellate jurisdiction in respect of the decisions of the Director of Patents, the and the Director of Trademarks shall be appealable to the Court of Appeals in accordance with the Rules of Court; and those in respect of the decisions of the Director of the Documentation, Information and Technology Transfer Bureau  and the Director of Copyright shall be appealable to the Secretary of Trade and Industry;

The law also mandate the Bureau to undertake the enforcement function supported by concerned agencies such as the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Customs, Optical Media Board, and Local Government Units.

Bataan Rep. Albert Raymond Garcia, chair of the House committee on trade and commerce, said that their members has no objection on those provisions and will likewise submit a reconciled version for House plenary approval.

“Definitely the law will be enacted before Congress adjourns. In fact, I asked the secretariat to prepare the reconciled version of the measure and distribute to members, and have it reviewed, studied,  and approved, before submission to the plenary for final approval,” Villar said.

Villar said that the bill aimed to update the existing Intellectual Property Right Code to better equip the country against intellectual theft and protect copyrighted works in an era where knowledge is a powerful tool.

“It is the intention of the committee to boost copyright based industries (CBIs) and further promote its competitive advantage. This taking into consideration what the study commissioned by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reported that CBIs contributed almost five (5) percent to our country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” Villar said.

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