What is a copyright?

Copyright is the legal protection extended to the owner of the rights in an original work. “Original work” refers to every production in the literary, scientific and artistic domain. This includes books and other writings, musical works, films, paintings and other works, and computer programs. Works are protected by the sole fact of their creation, irrespective of their mode or form of expression, as well as their content, quality and purpose.

How long does the term of protection of a copyright last?

In general, the term of protection of copyright for original and derivative works is the life of the author plus 50 years after his death.

What works are subject to copyright protection?

  1. Books, pamphlets, articles and other writings;/li>
  2. Periodicals and newspapers;
  3. Lectures, sermons, addresses, dissertations prepared for oral delivery, whether or not reduced in writing or other material form;
  4. Letters;
  5. Dramatic or dramatico-musical compositions; choreographic works or entertainment in dumb shows;
  6. Musical compositions, with or without words;
  7. Works of drawing, painting, architecture, sculpture, engraving, lithography or other work of art; models or designs for works of art
  8. Original ornamental designs or models for articles of manufacture, whether or not registrable as an industrial design, and other works of applied art;
  9. Illustrations, maps, plans, sketches, charts and three-dimensional works relative to geography, topography, architecture or science;
  10. Drawings or plastic works of a scientific or technical character;
  11. Photographic works including works produced by a process analogous to photography; lantern slides;
  12. Audiovisual works and cinematographic works and works produced by a process analogous to cinematography or any process for making audio-visual recordings;
  13. Pictorial illustrations and advertisements;
  14. Computer programs; and
  15. Other literary, scholarly, scientific and artistic works.

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Information on Copyright Owner (Applicant)

  • Name of Copyright Owner (Claimant's Full legal name) or Corporation/partnership
  • Citizenship (if person)
  • Complete Address
  • Telephone Number (Landline)
  • Fax No.
  • E-Mail Address

Information on Author/Creator (must be a natural person)

  • Name of Author/Creator
  • Date of Birth (M/D/YR)
  • Citizenship
  • Complete Address
  • Telephone Number (Landline)
  • Fax No.
  • E-Mail Address:

Information on Item to be copyrighted

  • Title of the work
  • Date created
  • Place created
  • Has the work been published?
  • Date when the work or its printing was completed
  • Date when first published or sold to the public in the Philippines if applicable

Documentary Requirements:

  • Document evidencing identity of the applicant
    1. For Natural persons: any competent evidence of identity, which refers to the identification of an individual based on:
      1. At least one current identification document issued by an official agency bearing the photograph and signature of the individual; OR
      2. Oath or affirmation of one credible witness not privy to the instrument, document or transaction who is personally known to the notary public and who personally knows the individual, or of two credible witnesses neither of whom is privy to the instrument, document or transaction who each personally knows the individual and shows to the notary public documentary identification.
    2. For Juridical persons: Certificate of registration issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (for corporations) or certificate of registration issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (for single proprietorships and only if the author is other than the owner of the single proprietorship) – Certified True Copy is required

  • Document evidencing authority to represent (i.e., with authority to sign in behalf of) another person/entity:
    1. Natural persons: Special power of attorney (notarization is required)
    2. Juridical entity: A Certification and Power of Attorney - authorizing our firm to represent the applicant including board resolution or secretary's certificate (with an English translation, if certificate is not in English) (notarization is required)

  • Work (2 copies each) to be deposited in the manner provided in attached schedule (see next page)

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