Proposed Amendments in Intellectual Property Code "Erases" Right to Personal Use

Congress amends Intellectual Property Code that "erase" sections that include "personal use" provisions

( Raissa Robles posted "Congress erased every Filipino's right to bring home music, movies and books from abroad" on her blog this past February 14, alerting the public to the removal and replacement of certain sections of RA 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.


These proposed amendments to RA 8293 includes renaming Section 190 from "Importation for Personal Purposes," to "Importation and Exportation of Infringing Materials." Section 190.1  and 190.2, which permits the importation of a copy of a work for personal purposes,  are to be deleted in their entirety. According to Robles, this erases the right of Filipinos to bring home copyright materials such as DVD movies, music CDs, and even books from overseas.


Section 212 has also been changed to no longer include the phrase "personal purpose," and Robles further states that the term does not appear in any of the approved Congressional amendments.


Ricardo Blancaflor, Director General of the Intellectual Property Rights Office, dispels the claims Robles makes in an interview with ANC, claiming that the amendments are pro-Filipino and that they aim to protect the rights of artists.


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