Aug 31
OPM SLATES INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS WORKSHOP by fapweb  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Fri, Aug 31, 2007

The Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) will hold a two-day seminar on the music artists’ intellectual property rights vis-a-vis the new digital media environment. Ten officers or members of the United Film Musical Directors’ Association of the Philippines (UFIMDAP)—a guild under the umbrella of the Film Academy of the Philippines—are being invited to the workshop.

The workshop—to be held on September 21 and 22 at the Intellectual Property office penthouse lounge on 351 Sen. Gil Puyat Sr. avenue, Makati City—is being funded by grants from IPO Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

It will be held in cooperation with the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (FILSCAP), the Asosasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (AMP) and the Performers’ Rights Society of the Philippines (PRSP).

In a letter to FAP Director General Leo G. Martinez, OPM Executive Director Elmar Beltran Ingles explained that the two-day workshop aims to serve as
a venue for information and continuing education of Filipino music artists in
the film, television, recording and live entertainment industries on their intellectual property rights over their creative works.

Ingles added that they expect collective discussion of music industry issues affecting artists, performers and producers.

The ten UFIMDAP officers or members who will attend the workshop will be entitled to free registration fees, workshop materials and meals and refreshments throughout the duration of the workshop. Registration forms must be submitted to the OPM not later than September 15, 2007.

Interested parties may coordinate with the OPM secretariat thru mobile phone number 0927-7871800 or through email address

The first day of the workshop will feature keynote addresses by Atty. Adrian Cristobal Jr., director general of IPO Philippines, and Prof. Felipe de Leon Jr., head of the NCCA’s national committee on music.

An open forum will be held to discuss the perspectives on how the music industry works. Members of the panel will be Ms. Trina Belamide, president of the Katipunan ng mga May-Akdang Taal Himig at Awit; Ms. Mitch Valdez, president of OPM and PRSP; Ms. Anabelle Regalado, president of the Philippine Association of the Recording Industry; and Mr. John Lesaca, vice-chairman of AMP.

The afternoon session of the first day will focus on copyrights and related rights of artists and producers. The speakers will include Atty. Pablito Perez who will speak on International Framework of Copyrights Protection; Atty. Nicholas Pichay, on Copyrights and Related Rights Provisions of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines; Atty. Rose Beatrice Angeles, on Protecting the IPR of Indigenous Communities; and Mr. Virgilio Arriero, on Registering Copyrights of Creative Works.

Mr. K. T. Ang, managing director of the Council of International Societies of Authors and Composers (Asia Pacific), will talk on Functions of Collective Management Societies while Ms. Debra Ann Gaite, FILSCAP general manager, will talk on Music Copyrights, Licensing, Usage Identificatrion and Distribution of Royalties.

The second day will bring back Mr. K. T. Ang who will talk on Digital/ Mobile/ Electronic Landscape for Music; and Mr. Elmar Ingles will talk on Reciprocal Rights Protection through the Networks of Collective Managemenrt Societies.

An open forum on issues concerning IPR and Protection will be headed by Atty. Louie Calvario. Ms. Mitch Valdez and Mr. John Lesaca.