If you think that citing “CTTO” or “photo not mine” permits your use of copyrighted material, think again.

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is reminding the public that use of original content requires express permission from the content creator. Adding “credits to the owner” or similar phrases simply isn’t enough to acknowledge the creator, nor does it entitle you to repost their works on social media without authorization.

In fact, according to IPOPHL director general Rowel Barba, posting without proper attribution is a violation of intellectual property laws.

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Barba encourages artists to protect their work by filing for copyrights. Similarly, he said inventors should file for patents for their inventions, as they could lose ownership of their intellectual property if they sell without a patent. He recommends patenting first and then selling the license to commercialize their inventions instead.

The IPOPHL regularly conducts webinars and other online events to help educate artists and creators increase their knowledge and awareness of their rights.

Source: ABS-CBN News

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