Democracy.Net.PH Statement on the Signing of President Benigno S. Aquino III of RA 10372 (Amendments to IP Code)

Democracy.Net.PH is very disappointed with the decision of President Benigno S. Aquino III not to veto the proposed amendments to RA 8293, the Intellectual Property Code, and sign these amendments into law as RA 10372.

It is regrettable enough that the President has signed into law the IP Code amendments, whose flaws have been pointed out by leading legal experts. It is even more regrettable that the President approved the law without any public indication that the arguments against the bill had been duly considered.

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Statement on Proposed Amendments to RA 8293 (Intellectual Property Code)

Statement on Proposed Amendments to RA 8293 (Intellectual Property Code)

We urge President Benigno Aquino III, in the strongest possible terms, to veto the proposed changes to the Intellectual Property Code which infringe on the right of the people to import books, media and music for their own personal use. The proposal is a dangerous measure that potentially criminalizes daily actions which are crucial for the daily living, psychic well-being, and self-improvement of Filipinos. The gravity of the infringement that SB 2842 and HB 3841 will bear on key rights cannot be minimized. As the Supreme Court once held:

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