Monday, March 11 2024   \  Published by Asia IP Law.

IPOPHL releases statutory fair use guidelines to clarify rules on copyright exceptions

IPOPHL releases statutory fair use guidelines to clarify rules on copyright exceptions

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) released its fair use guidelines in honor of the 11th Fair Use Week. It aims to help Filipino innovators, educators and creatives develop a deeper knowledge of intellectual property rights by offering clarity and direction.

“Fair use is the bedrock of creativity. It allows artists to produce versions of music, authors to quote from novels, and educators to enhance learning materials. By striking a balance between protection and access, fair use fosters a vibrant cultural ecosystem,” said IPOPHL Director General Rowel S. Barba.

According to the Philippine IP Code, there are some circumstances when fair use permits the use of a work protected by copyright without first obtaining consent from the copyright owner. Although Section 185 of the IP Code contains the general concept of fair use, Section 184 of the guidelines addresses particular activities that are seen to be limits on copyright since they can be carried out without infringing against an author’s exclusive economic rights.

The Bureau of Copyright and Related Rights (BCRR) created the statutory fair use guidelines to shed light on the requirements that must be met for certain activities to qualify as statutory fair use. The purpose of this document is to provide clarity and public knowledge of the principles that allow fair use and to assist any user who could find themselves in the scenarios covered. Read more

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