PH, South Korea sign pact to reinforce copyright protection

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In the recent copyright forum between the Philippines and Korea, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Korea Copyright Commission (KCC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the copyright sector of both countries.

IPOPHL director-general Ricardo Blancaflor
IPOPHL director-general Ricardo Blancaflor

As defined by the World Intellectual Protection Organization (WIPO), copyright refers to the legal protection extended to the creators over their literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and other intellectual works.

?The extent of how developed your culture is shows the extent of how much you value humanity,? said IPOPHL director-general Ricardo Blancaflor. ?More important than the signing, we look forward to the implementation of our cultural bridge with our cultural brothers north of the Philippine Islands.?

Young-Goog Park, director general of copyright bureau of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), said that the MOU will consolidate the foundation for mutual exchange and cooperation between the two countries.

?I hope that this exchange of information and human resources in the field of copyright will form a close partnership between the Korea and Philippines,? he added.

Attended by various copyright stakeholders from Korea and the Philippines, the annual forum organized by KCC and IPOPHL sought to explore the best practices between the two countries concerning copyright systems, as well as its effective use to promote cultural development.

The forum discussed the copyright strategies and policies of both countries as well as how the Korean wave (Hallyu) affects the consumer use in the Philippines and in the global market. It also discussed the plans and strategies of both countries to reinforce copyright awareness and protection. — PIA

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