Monday, August 17, 2015

The Need to Copyright

How would you know if you have the right to appeal for something you have done? How would you know if it’s you that is recognized to be the sole owner of the song you’ve written? How would you know if you are considered as the master of the lines and curves you’ve drafted on canvass? How would you know if you are the real “father” of the characters in your story? A law firm specializing in Intellectual Property in the Philippines may help you answer your seemingly unending questions of “how” but here are a few things that may help you along the way.

Intellectual Property (IP), as defined by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), pertains to anything that is created by the human mind such as literary and artistic works, inventions, symbols, designs and names used in commerce.  Intellectual property rights fall under the Republic Act 8293: Protecting the Intellectual Property in the Philippines, which includes copyright. Copyright is the author’s protection for his inventions. And if you are someone who wished to have your creation protected from infringement and theft, you may want to consider registering a copyright for your work at the National Library of the Philippines. Here’s why.

Copyright protects you and your creation. In today’s world where most of the information could be downloaded online and be posted publicly on the World Wide Web, copyright allows you to guard your creations from piracy. It gives the author authority to distribute his works according to his will. If the creation is used without the consent of the author, the affected author can sue for copyright infringement and may get money as fine. Also, the author has all the rights to make necessary revisions, prequel and/or sequel of his own literary invention. He also possesses all the rights to develop his creation into something different like turning works into movies or TV series.  

Copyright offers financial reward. If your creation is copyrighted, you have all the rights to the reproduction of copies, adaptation and/or translation. Any reproduction of copies, adaptation and/or translation rewards the author financially. In addition, if a producer or group of producers like the author’s work, they would have to pay for them to be able to use the certain work for interpretation. Copyright allows him to earn a living with his creative inventions that serves as entertainment and as a source of information for the community.

Copyright allows the author to leave a legacy. Aside from the financial reward a copyrighted creation can give the author, it also helps the work retain its own pride and dignity. Copyright allows the creation (it may be a song, a novel, an artwork or a sculpture) to stand for its master’s name even after a long time of circulation.

             Copyright retains ownership of the creation. It covers protection for the lifetime of the author and additional fifty (50) years after death. A copyrighted work of art signifies the passion and dedication the author has during and after the time of creation.
             These are just but some of the main reasons why an author or creator who take real effort, passion and dedication in making art should secure the art’s intellectual property rights. You may see the application form and requirements needed here and here. And yes, if you are able to register your work and have it copyrighted, you have all the rights to appeal for it getting stolen, abused or misquoted, and even for improper distribution without the your consent. 

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