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      Last June 20, 2018  PEPA sponsored a forum entitled  “ Copyright Trends and Updates “.The event was held  at the QC Sports Plaza. It was attended by twenty –one (21) PEPA members publishing companies and  thirteen (13) non-PEPA publishers.

     Three invited  speakers shared their expertise with the educational publishers and stakeholders. Director Josephine R. Santiago, LL.M. , director General of IPO, gave a situationer  on the atmosphere of  the Copyright Practice in the Philippine Educational Publishing Landscape. Atty. Oscar Manahan , IPO Lawyer , presented a case on copyright enforcement litigation. The third speaker, Atty. Emma C. Francisco, former IPO Director General and a practitioner on IPO Litigation cases, Creative Law Office, talked on rules and regulations of Copyright and Intellectual Property in the Philippine educational publishing landscape.

     Kudos to Dr. Ma. Virginia M. Bautista of Vicarish Publications & Trading  the 2nd Vice-President of PEPA , who conceptualized and  directed the forum . Likewise, due acknowledgement is given to Mr. Jerry Catabijan who gave the subject of the program and  the one who prepared the rationale and the synthesis of the Forum.

     The event benefitted all those involved in the publishing industry in the observance of the processes and complexities in the publishing industry.