Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Hands-On IP

In line with the Intellectual Property Rights Week Celebration (October 2007), IP Philippines invites you to the Basic Orientation Seminar on Copyright:

HANDS-ON-IP (Open to the Public)

HANDS-ON-IP is designed for scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs and artists scheduled every Friday of the month at 1:00 p.m. The participants will attend a free basic orientation seminar with IP volunteer lawyers on hand to provide free legal and technical assistance.

October 19: Copyright - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Venue: IP Philippines Multi-Purpose Hall, 6/F, IPO Bldg., 351 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave., Makati City


For confirmation, please call at 752-4869 or 897-1724 and look for Ms. Pie Telan or email at

Click here to download confirmation sheet.

Likewise, IPR-Photo Philippines will be coming up with a seminar on IP exclusive for photographers/ visual artists. Schedule and seminar details will be announced later.

Know your rights and uphold photographer's/ visual artists' Intellectual Property Rights, join IPR-Photo Philippines.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Call for Submission

IPR-Photo is looking for stories related to infringements and copyright violations to be featured in the IPR-Photo Philippines' 'Unite or Die' blog.

Submitted stories should be factual and objective (see: Anton Sheker's post). We hope that through your first-hand account, we can create a better/ heightened awareness of this issues among photographers.

Please submit your stories to:

Your contribution is highly appreciated. Thank you.

IPR-Photo Philippines

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Opportunistic Photo Contests Abound

"Opportunistic" photo contest still flourish and these are being targeted to photographers who are new in the craft and are not aware of their rights. Some contest organizers even have the guts to stipulate an exclusivity clause stating that all entries shall become the property of the contest organizers - just like the "Me and My Adidas Originals" Photo Contest, which in their mechanics states: Entries become exclusive property of Adidas Philippines, Inc. and maybe used for any advertising, promotional, publicity or retail purposes.

What does it mean? It means that even if you don't win, Adidas Philippines, Inc. can use the images without renumeration to the photographer. Now, isn't that unfair (Adidas by the way is a multinational company who have the budget to pay an entire tri-media campaign but it's surprising to see them resort to this kind of usury)?.

Photographers especially the new ones should think twice of joining this kind of photo contest because by joining this, you are not only hurting yourself but the other photographers as well - and this will just be a vicious cycle unless photographers should assert their rights.