THE Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has warned politicians running for office in the May election against using campaign jingles that are governed by copyright laws.
“Songs, both lyrics and melody, are protected by copyright, which generally belong to the composers. As copyright owners, they alone have the right to authorize or prohibit, among others, the making of copies (reproduction), the modification (transformation), and public playing (public performance) of their musical compositions,” IPOPHL said in a statement on Monday.
“For this reason, the songwriter’s consent is needed before creating a jingle based on their works. So does the singing of a song, or dancing along to it, during the campaign program. Consent is given by way of contract usually involving the payment of fees generally known as ‘royalties’,” it added.
Composers may choose to license, sell or assign copyright ownership to their music publishers or collective management organizations which have the right to give the necessary permission to use the music.
“The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines reminds everyone, particularly the candidates and their supporters, to respect the copyright of songwriters and composers,” the statement read.
“Those running for public office must serve as role models for the protection and enhancement of these property rights,” it added.
State-run IPOPHL ensures the protection of intellectual property and goes against anti-intellectual property rights production of goods and services.