Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A Philippines senator accused of copyright plagiarism
His chief of staff has now admitted some copying but insists that there is no IP violation and refers to the IP Code 177 which covers the economic rights to reproduce.
Fair use might apply assuming copyright subsists, which it surely does in the blog posts. But proper attribution is still required for quotes, or fair use is an infringement. In any event the definition of fair use is for "criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, research, and similar purposes". Its not at all clear that the Senator is doing any of these things.