Fair Use in Copyright in the Philippines?

Elpidio V. Peria
28 February 2016

fair use in a student life


.. is a user’s right to a copyrighted work that few Filipinos are aware of and the most recent amendment of the Philippine Intellectual Property Code (sec. 12 of Republic Act 10372), has even truncated (limited or constrained) this right even more – before the law was amended, we can make multiple copies of a copyrighted work, like a book that one needs for classroom use, scholarship, research, and similar purposes, but now, because of the amendment, one can only make LIMITED copies of such book. Who determines those limited copies? According to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines in a forum on this item, the copyright owner.

Hopefully, we users and consumers of copyrighted work here in the Philippines will eventually become more aware of our Fair Use rights within our setting.

In the US just the past week, they celebrated Fair Use Week and all who may be curious about what Fair Use is and its uses in our daily lives are encouraged to follow that link and see what the US universities and other fair use advocates are up to, in celebrating their own rights to fair use and their successes and challenges in fostering it, amidst all these mantra we hear from industry and government people who say that copyright is an important right – yes, we agree, we are all creators too, but in addition to that, there are also exceptions and limitations to copyright and foremost of such exception and limitation is the right to fair use.

Let us always be clear that we will always have such fair use rights, and the beauty of such rights are : we don’t even need to get the permission of a copyright user to exercise such rights.

Included also in this post is an  infographic from the Association of Research Libraries on fair use in a day in the life of a college student.


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