In the wake of the controversy surrounding a case of Bulacan State University students plagiarizing the works of several Ateneo students and the calls for stricter protection of intellectual property, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has decided to start cracking down on cases of piracy and plagiarism committed by students, and on the school administrations that allow them to happen within their walls.
The IPO chief claims that in their case against the Ateneo, they claim that they have proof that dormers in the Ateneo have an underground file-sharing network devoted to the illegal distribution of movies, TV shows, and music. They claim that the network is run by the “Ateneo Piracy Cartel” (APC) and that the Cartel has paid off both school and local government officials.
“The APC has been distributing pirated materials for years. It is an open-secret that they are being tolerated by the student body and the school officials.” said IPO chief Ronald Perata in an interview with the Philippine Star, which we copy-pasted without permission but cited so it’s totally okay. He adds “People seem to be okay with piracy, but not with plagiarism. People feel that using popular characters from TV shows in their advertisements constitutes fair use, or that the torrenting music is okay because all musicians are rich.”
Perata, who is also the lead theremin player for the indie Jazz/ArtPunk-fusion band “Anal Retentiveness,” shares that lots of small bands lose out whenever people use their songs without their permission, and that lots of people use their music illegally without even knowing it. “Playing a song in a gathering or event with more than thirty people would technically mean that we should be paid royalties, but even though we hear our songs playing in Mcdo, or in private and public parties, nobody is willing to give us a cut of the profits.”
SANGGU President, and owner of several dibidi-stalls in Quiapo and Binondo, Jan Remos said that they will fight the IPO’s order, calling the decision “unjust and unfounded.” He argues “Plagiarism and piracy are two different things. Piracy is okay, but plagiarism isn’t. When you plagiarize, you take somebody’s work for yourself and reap the benefits. When you pirate, you still don’t pay anything, but at least you acknowledge the existence of the creator. I mean, we acknowledge your existence, we just don’t feel the need to reimburse you in any way.”
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