During the interpolations of the Reproductive Health Bili, a very controversial bill that is yet to be passed in the Philippines, a senator was heard of giving a hearty speech about the ill effects of what this bill could bring to people. He was against the bill and took it to his heart to share his personal experience with the said procedure.
Almost everyone, if not all, was moved at the speech only to find out later on that the speech was copied. As of the latest count, three bloggers which were never mentioned in any part of the senator’s speech claimed the speech was theirs and the story, theirs. The bloggers and other organizations are planning to file plagiarism charges on the said senator.
This event landed on one of the most controversial phases the country’s Senate has ever experienced. A controversy which could have been avoided had the senator cited and quoted whoever wrote the story he shared with his country.
The talks of plagiarism oftentimes wear everyone out. To provide order in the society especially to set limits over man’s nature of copying or imitating, the copyright law was passed. You can’t blame the author or the bloggers for complaining. After all, who wouldn’t want to be recognized and cited for the hard work he has done.
The Copyright law gives the creator exclusive rights to be credited for the work, to determine who can adapt their work to any kind of forms, to permit who can perform his work, and to benefit from it. It is according to the law a form of intellectual property which at any time should be respected.
How to copyright something is often asked by many authors and the increasing number of bloggers. They certainly don’t want to encounter plagiarism in their journey or have their work plagiarized by another writer. To register your copyright, you should submit a completed application form, a nonrefundable filing fee, and a nonrefundable copy or copies of the work to be registered. Also, there are certain facts you should know about copyright. Here are as follows.
- The quality of work. To qualify for copyright, the work should meet standards of originality.
- Expiration. Copyright expires after a period of time. The duration is dependent on the place.
- Automatic. Copyright is automatic wherever the Berne Convention standards apply.