Student academic groups, stakeholders sign cooperation against content piracy

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF REX EDUCATION Jesus Manapat, National Bureau of Investigation; Stephen Floyd Abuso Gopez, executive vice president, Association of Law Students of the Philippines; and Atty. Rowel Barba, IPOPHL director.

Rex Education brought together key organizations committed to educating people about piracy and stopping illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted content.

Those involved in the campaign were leaders and representatives from the Philippine Association of Law Schools, the Association of Law Students of the Philippines, Legal Education Board, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, National Book Development Board, Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, Association of Administrators in Hospitality Hotel and Restaurant Management Educational Institution, Philippine Librarians Association, Philippine Council of Deans and Educators in Business, Philippine Association of Collegiate Schools of Business, Philippine Association for Teachers and Educators, Professional Criminologists Association of the Philippines, Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities and the Philippine Educational Measurement and Evaluation Association.

Piracy is defined as the unauthorized reproduction and distribution of copyrighted content, including but not limited to books, movies, music, and the like. In the Philippines, anti-piracy legislation is strengthened by Republic Act 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines that protects and secures the exclusive rights of scientists, inventors, artists and other gifted citizens to their intellectual property and creations.

“We should continue to educate, communicate, and instill among our colleagues, families, and children a true appreciation of the value of one’s own work. In this sense, we are all duty-bearers. But above that, we are Filipinos. Aside from our laws, what also binds us are our values, our sense of pakikipagkapwa, pagpapakatao, our pride in our own work, and our respect for each other and of each other’s work,” Atty. Dominador Buhain, chairman of Rex Education, said in a statement.

He adds that REX has immense pride for the talented and hardworking individuals who pour their creativity, knowledge, and skills in the development of learning materials.


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