The Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) has reset to Friday, October 8, its seminar workshop on the music artists’ intellectual property rights in light of the new digital media environment. The planned workshop was originally slated for Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22.
The change of date was requested by the Intellectual Property Office to coincide with the celebration of Intellectual Properties Month in October. The organizers decided to compress everything into a single day.
Ten officers and members of the United Film Musical Directors’ Association of the Philippines (UFIMDAP)—a guild under the umbrella of the Film Academy of the Philippines—have already signified their intention to attend the seminar-workskhop.
The UFIMDAP delegation will be headed by its president, Prof. Josefino Cenizal, with Pablo Vergara, Domingo Zape, Mar Lopez, Jun Garlan, Joy Balubayan, Del Horres, Ernie Cruz, Boy Christopher, Rene Fajardo, Victoria Cacnio and Jayvee Ramos.l
The workshop –to be held 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 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 25, 2007.
Interested parties may coordinate with the OPM secretariat thru mobile phone number 0927-7871800 or through email address email@example.com. 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 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 Beatrix Angeles, on Protecting the IPR of Indigenous Communities; and Mr. Virginio Arriero, on Registering Copyrights of Creative Works.
Mr. Elmar B. Ingles will talk on Functions of Collective Management Societies while Ms. Debra Ann Gaite, FILSCAP general manager, will talk on Authors’ Rights, Copyrights Licensing and Royalty Distribution Schemes for Music. Atty. JJ Disini of the UP Colleges of Law will talk on the Digital/Mobile/Electronic Landscape for Music.
A general forum on music IPR and protection will end the workshop. It will be led by Atty. Disini, Atty. Louie Calvario, Ms. Valdez and Ms. Gaite.