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Monday, April 11, 2016

Electoral jingles rattle Philippines IPO

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Elections in the Philippines always involve a lot of show business. As the May 9th Presidential election approaches, the IP Office has issued a warning that the copyrights of songwriters and composers be respected in the use of campaign jungles. "Jingles are (often) covers of pop hits modified to sing praises of a candidate.” So "those running for public office must serve as role models for the protection and enhancement of these property rights”. The use of well known songs without authority is not acceptable. This applies to both both lyrics and music and no copying, modification and public performance of songs without consent is permitted. IP Komodo awaits the first dispute...

 

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