Aquino signs IP Code amendments into law
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno C. Aquino III has signed Republic Act 10372 or the amendments to the Intellectual Property Code into law, spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said on Friday.
While the law was under review, confusion among Filipinos arose as to whether the new measure would restrict them from bringing home music, movies and books from abroad.
But lawmakers and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines have explained that the amendments actually removes the limit for the number of copyrighted items one can bring home to the country, provided they will be for personal use.
Filipinos were also concerned with the issue of jailbreaking, but IPOPHL has already said it will not be considered a crime under the new law.
However, downloading pirated music still remains illegal.
The new law further empowers the enforcement of IP rights, although a complaint from the copyright owner is still needed before violators can be apprehended. - With report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News