Prob­lems en­coun­tered in copy­right

Sun.Star Baguio - - OPINION -

ANY govern­ment in­sti­tu­tion that is fo­cused on Ed­u­ca­tion and R&D (Re­search and De­vel­op­ment) is ex­pected to come up with out­puts that have po­ten­tials for copy­right pro­tec­tion. This is one of the func­tions of the BSU-IPRO (In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Rights Of­fice) to fa­cil­i­tate the ap­pli­ca­tion of researchers, fac­ulty, stu­dents and other staff with orig­i­nal cre­ations for copy­right ap­pli­ca­tion. Along the way, the IPRO en­coun­tered var­i­ous prob­lems which the of­fice con­sid­ered as nor­mal given the low aware­ness of BSU community on matters re­lated to copy­right and other In­tel­lec­tual prop­erty pro­tec­tion.

Based on the sub­mit­ted out­puts for the past years, th­ese are some of the com­mon er­rors en­coun­tered among the researchers, fac­ulty and stu­dents. 1. Us­ing pic­tures from the in­ter­net. Some of our clients who ap­plied for copy­right pro­tec­tion used pic­tures which they copied from the in­ter­net. It should be re­minded that all images as well as data or in­for­ma­tion taken from the in­ter­net should be cited. Given the ease of copy­ing images on dif­fer­ent sites, au­thors should also be re­spon­si­ble lenders of some­one else’s work.

The ones who are most guilty are not aware that they’re ac­tu­ally do­ing the deed be­cause they thought it’s ac­tu­ally nor­mal since it’s on the in­ter­net. It is but proper to ac­knowl­edge or if pos­si­ble get per­mis­sion from the au­thor be­fore us­ing the image. It is not only un­fair to the orig­i­nal owner but ones rep­u­ta­tion as an au­thor is at risk as there are penal­ties due for this. It is best to use orig­i­nal image to save time from seek­ing per­mis­sion from the orig­i­nal au­thor.

2. Ap­ply­ing for ISBN (In­ter­na­tional Se­rial Book Num­ber) is equiv­a­lent to Copy­right pro­tec­tion

Many of the ap­pli­cants thought that ISBN is equiv­a­lent to Copy­right pro­tec­tion. But this is a mis­con­cep­tion. Both copy­right and ISBN are in­de­pen­dent and has dif­fer­ent func­tions. An ISBN is an in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized sys­tem whereby code num­bers are as­signed to books for easy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and speedy ex­change of in­for­ma­tion among pub­lish­ers and all seg­ments of the book in­dus­try and al­lied sec­tors (Na­tional Li­brary of the Philip­pines, On the other hand, copy­right is the le­gal pro­tec­tion ex­tended to the owner of the rights in an orig­i­nal work, (IPOPHIL). Hence, a book that is ap­plied for ISBN has to be ap­plied for copy­right pro­tec­tion so that the owner or au­thors can claim rights over their orig­i­nal work.

Amidst the ori­en­ta­tion and train­ings on In­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights which we con­ducted in the past, the above ob­ser­va­tions are also a re­minder to our of­fice on how we can be proac­tive in help­ing our Univer­sity to ad­dress the above con­cerns. As the fa­mous say­ing says “Ig­no­rance of the law ex­cuses no one”, it is best to be well in­formed rather than say “I should have known” when the dam­age is done.

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