The Film Academy of the Philippines and the Intellectual Property Office will hold a seminar to discuss the rights and royalties of performers in local films on March 14. Venue for the seminar is still being ascertained.
Presidents of the academy’s guilds met with FAP Dirctor-General Leo G. Martinez and Precious Leaño last Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the FAP offices at OctoArts building on Panay Ave., Quezon City. Miss Leaño was assigned by the IPO to coordinate with the Academy as she has previously held seminars with the entertainment industry sector regarding this matter.
The seminar—scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.—will tackle the problem of performers’ right vis-à-vis the films they appeared in. These will involve getting royalties from their films’ income from tv and cable rights, video rights and foreign sales.
Director General Martinez said that the music industry has been collecting royalties for their composers, singers and musicians for the past several years and added actors and actresses—as well as the other members of the creative staff of a film—must also receive royalties.
He added that if amendments are needed to the Intellectual Property Law for performers to be able to assert their rights, the academy will seek the assistance of the IPO for this purpose.
Present during the meeting were Conrad Poe of the Kapisanan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon; William Mayo of the Philippine Motion Picture Directors’ Association; Pablo S. Gomez of the Screen-writers’ Guild of the Philippines;
Isagani Sioson of the Filipino Society of Cinematographers; Manny Morfe of the Production Designers Guild of the Philippines; Prof. Josefino Cenizal of the United Film Musical Directors Association of the Philippines; and Rollie R. Ruta of the Motion Picture Audio Society of the Philippines, Inc.
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