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Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines or Republic Act 8293

Another Protest will be assure  for this   Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines or Republic Act 8293.

Congress erased every Filipino's right to bring home music, movies and books from abroad


Jailbreak any iPhone or Gadgets  ”copyright infringement.”  



'Erasing' consumers' rights

 Are we on Big Brother Home

Congress has just passed a law erasing this right. The law — a consolidated measure amending RA 8293, was sent to Malacañang Palace on January 29, 2013 and just needs the signature of President Benigno Aquino III to become effective.  The revised RA 8293, primarily sponsored by Sen. Manuel Villar.

The amended version introduces for the first time in our criminal law the concept of “digital rights management” (DRM) – which also covers how we use digital devices on the Internet and which behaviors are considered criminal.

Penalties for “jailbreaking” and other forms of copyright infringement range from three years in jail and at least P150,000 for the first offense, and up to nine years in jail and P1.5 million pesos for the third and subsequent offenses.

Warrantless visits: unconstitutional
Disini also warned that an amendment to Section 7 of RA 8293 would allow warrantless inspections of establishments —an act which, he says, is clearly unconstitutional. The constitution prevents government agents from entering private spaces such as offices and homes without a warrant issued by a judge.
There’s more.

If you happen to be leasing out space — for instance, if you’re a mall or building owner — to someone who infringes copyright, you could be held liable.

And that’s not all.

If someone else had downloaded music from the Internet and shared the file with you, and you then uploaded it onto your technological device and listened to it, you could also be held liable if the download site was one that the US recording and movie companies have been trying to shut down.
Downloading music was the sixth most popular reason for surfing cited by 683 Internet users ages 10 to 17 in a 2009 study conducted by the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communications for UNICEF.

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