House approves Copyright Bill TAGUIG – The House of Representatives approved on third reading House Bill No.

3841 which will amend the current Intellectual Property Code to create a Bureau of Copyright within the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). According to Atty. Ricardo R. Blancaflor, IPOPHL Director General, the proposed Bureau of Copyright will serve the needs of copyright-based industries, namely books, music, film and media. “The creation of the Copyright Bureau will rally more resources for these sectors,” added Blancaflor. “The Bureau will be in charge of registration of artistic and literary works and also adjudication of issues such as imitation and plagiarism. It will also regulate agents and entities who collect royalties on behalf of artists and promote good governance.” The bill will exempt non-profit reproduction of copyrighted works for the use of visually-impaired persons. Circumvention of technological measures or jailbreaking will be treated as an aggravating circumstance to the offense of copyright infringement under the bill Provisions on copyright infringement will now include contributory infringement, circumvention of technological measures and rights management information as

aggravating circumstances, and the option to collect statutory damages instead of actual damages. Important provisions of the Internet treaties will also be incorporated, such as the provisions for the protection of technological measures and rights management information aimed at protecting works disseminated through the Internet. Congressmen Albert Garcia, Rufus Rodriguez, Joel Duavit, Juan Edgardo Angara and Irwin Tieng sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, Senators Manny Villar, Edgarda Angara Antonio Trillanes, Jinggoy Estrada, Lito Lapid, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Loren Legarda are the main authors in the Senate.#

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