Cheese! Celebrating a Filipino Victory

| Saturday, June 19, 2010

Filipinos celebrate as Kraft Food's Eden Cheese and the Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) set the world record for the most number of cheese dishes, with 5,845 of it in one day on December 14, 2009. In recognising the Filipino's rising up from the challenges, Guinness World Record officially declared the effort as a new world record.

Fair Use?

| Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Its not my first time in this situation. A lot of times, my photos were used without any written or oral permission. However, I am clear that I would allow my photos or works to be used by a third-party, as long as the owner is given credit--even by simply acknowledging the owner itself. Oh well, yes, its another classic example of intellectual property violation--and here in the Philippines, I don't know whether its the ignorance of the law that made it a widespread practice or is it the implementation of the law--since we have so many laws yet I don't know if our justice system is working--or conking even!

Just recently, I saw one of my photos displayed on East Avenue, in front of the LTFRB office. According to the tarp, its under Dangerous Drug Board together with other government agencies. The tarpaulin displays a big "Be Drug Free, Drive Safely!" programme of the said agency. With that is my photo of EDSA's traffic jam at Mandaluyong City. I said, whoa! There's my watermark...but what happened to the other watermark which clearly stated my name, copyright, year it was taken, websites (in case of contact) and most of all, this quote: "
Not allowed to be published OR used in any commercial purposes without the written permission or consent from the owner." Something tells me that the one who created it was aware that it has an owner and is under his copyright, however, he/she undermined it and cropped the watermark out of the picture.