Recently, the online publication poster of the University Student Council’s (USC) event “RESET: REdirecting mindSET” caused an online tirade among netizens for using Italian artist Agnes Cecile’s artwork titled “Drawing Restraints” without due credit or permission.
While some contested for a more appropriate venue for personal discussions with the USC other than social media, the heart of the matter opened the discussion of copyright infringement.
This was hardly the first instance of art copyright infringement after the College of Engineering and Technology (CEAT) also created a Facebook publication material for the CEAT General Assembly in early November that caught the attention of netizens who noticed its striking similarity to another artwork posted on the online portfolio website Behance. The council immediately took down the publication material post after comments from the students questioned the poster’s originality.
Copyright’s objective is to ensure that the ownership of any literary, artistic, and scientific work is attributed to its rightful creator and that people may not take credit for their work, or worse, make a business out of it.
With this initial idea in mind, here are some important facts on Copyright:
For more information on Copyright in the Philippines, visit the National Library of the Philippines’ Basic Information About Copyright.