PH-KR re-affirms partnership on Copyright Protection through forum

The Philippines and Korea –two countries with strong copyright sectors and abound in talents— has been joining forces since 2011 in promulgating copyright awareness and protection in both countries. During this period five fora has been organized by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Korea Copyright Commission (KCC) with the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (MCST). This year’s leg highlighted Fair Use of copyrightable works.


Left: Atty. Allan Gepty, OIC of IPOPHL welcomes participants to the Forum. Right: H.E. Jae Shin-Kim, Ambassador of Korea in the Philippines delivers his congratulatory address.

In his welcome remarks, IPOPHL Officer-in-Charge Atty. Allan Gepty highlighted copyright as a tool for economic development. He also emphasized that contrary to the common notion, enforcement of Intellectual Property (IP) is not just about running after infringers; it is also empowering the people in availing of the IP system’s benefits by educating them.

Korean Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Jae Shin-Kim took note of Korean Pop-culture’s popularity in the country which has been made more popular to the public via the internet. “Copyright laws are vital in this age of information and we are thankful that the Philippine Government is active in the fight against piracy”, he shares while also citing the country’s removal from the US Piracy Watchlist.


From left to right: Atty. JJ Disini, Atty. Aileen Sicat, Mr. Hyun-Wook Jung, the moderator/translator, Atty. Mark Herrin, Mr. Chul Nam Lee, and Ms. Soohyun Pae during the open forum.

The Forum covered in three areas relating to Fair Use. Mr. Hyun-Wook Jung of the MCST and Atty. Mark Herrin of IPOPHL shared the current enforcement status of fair use in copyright in Korea and the Philippines, respectively. Tackling the fair use of copyright works in the digital environment were Ms. Soohyun Pae of Creative Commons and Atty. JJ Disini of the University of the Philippines College of Law. Mr. Chul Nam Lee of Chungnam University and Atty. Aileen Sicat of the Lyceum of the Philippines University College of Law discussed the current activation plan for use of copyright in the digital era.

The Forum was attended by stakeholders of the copyright sector, law firms, the academe, and members of the Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSO) Network.