Two New Supreme Court Decisions Alter the Landscape for Litigating Copyright Infringement Cases
JD Supra - 2019-03-08
Fourth Estate clarifies that registration must issue before a copyright owner may file an infringement lawsuit, and Rimini Street answers what type of costs a court may award in a copyright case. Copyright registration, not merely filing an application ...

Rise of property hot spots
Inquirer - 2019-03-08
"A location is considered an emerging city once we see business activities gaining traction. This, of course, is facilitated by an improving infrastructure network and the presence of a ...

Malaysia PM warns Philippines vs influx of foreign workers
Global Nation - 2019-03-08
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday warned the Philippines against letting ... meeting last week among representatives of the Department of Labor and Employment, Department ...

Supreme Court Rules Copyright Infringement Suits Must Wait for Registration; Limits Costs Available in Infringement Suits
Lexology - 2019-03-08
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a copyright owner cannot file an infringement lawsuit until the Copyright Office has registered the work at issue. The ruling, in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. LLC et al., case number 17 ...

Supreme Court Says Plaintiffs Must Have Copyright Registrations Before Filing Infringement Actions
Lexology - 2019-03-08, LLC, resolved a circuit split by holding that a party may sue for copyright infringement only after the Copyright Office officially registers the copyright, or refuses registration. In the past, courts have been split regarding whether the ...

BIR reminds candidates of tax obligations
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-08
The March 7 issuance reiterates the contents of a 2018 circular that requires candidates, parties and party-lists, and campaign contributors to register with the revenue district offices (RDOs) with jurisdiction over their business addresses.

Ahead of May 13 polls, BIR reminds candidates, parties of tax obligations
Inquirer - 2019-03-08
But the certificate of registration (COR) was "no longer required to be issued for individual candidates who are not engaged in business," RMC 31-2019 read. Also, "individual candidates may ...

NBI, BIR agents seize P60M worth fake cigarettes in CDO
Rappler - 2019-03-08
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines - Teams from the National Bureau of Investigation- Northern Mindanao and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) raided a warehouse in Barangay Kauswagan here on Thursday, March 7, and confiscated some P60 million worth of ...

Jan. unemployment, underemployment lowest since 2009
Inquirer - 2019-03-07
To address job losses in the agriculture sector, Pernia urged the government to "implement ... could be detrimental to the livelihoods of local farmers.

Javier takes oath of office
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-07
Now 62, the former Court of Appeals associate justice will sit in the Supreme Court until she retires on Nov. 16, 2026 at age 70. President Duterte has now filled eight of 15 seats in the high court.

Family council
Inquirer - 2019-03-07
Lopez in his book "Family Business Law Declassified": "When the Philippine Supreme Court ruled that when the consent of the family council is not given or when the family council does not ...

Work-visa-before-travel rule crafted for aliens
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-07
FOREIGNERS may soon be required to first get a working visa before they arrive in the Philippines under a new memorandum order currently being crafted by government agencies led by the Department ...

ILO considers AI to be complementary to human work force
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-07
THE International Labor Organization (ILO) said Artificial Intelligence (AI) is likely to complement the labor force to boost workplace productivity rather than replace workers altogether. In the ILO blog, Ekkehard Ernst, an expert on the future of work ...

Duterte wants to cut COA red tape, simplify audit rules
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-07
The President also recalled that there was a time that COA filed a case against him when he was still a local government official, but he was later exonerated by the Supreme Court. Mr. Duterte has ...

Philippine labor force participation dips in January 2019
Rappler - 2019-03-07
MANILA, Philippines - Unemployment and underemployment rates went down last January, but that does not mean more Filipinos got more jobs during that month. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Thursday, March 7, that the country's labor ...

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Two Copyright Cases and Impacts Registration Strategy for Copyright Owners
JD Supra - 2019-03-07
The Ninth and Fifth Circuits followed the "application approach," finding that a filed copyright application was sufficient to file a copyright infringement suit. The Tenth and Eleventh Circuits followed the "registration approach," finding that ...

Foreigners now need to obtain work visas in home countries
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-07
The procedure was agreed to by DoLE and the Department of Finance (DoF), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Justice (DoJ), Bureau of Immigration (BI), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp ...

NBI, BIR seize cigarettes with fake stamps in Cagayan de Oro City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-07
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines - Authorities confiscated truckloads of cigarettes bearing fake Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) stamps in a warehouse in Barangay Kauswagan here on Thursday.

AMLC reports hike in frozen drug-related assets to P1.4 billion
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-07
To support the whole-of-nation approach to achieve a drug-free Philippines, DTI launched the "Aid Campaign" that provides business support to former drug dependents as part of the reintegration process. Under the whole-of-nation approach, 42 government ...

AMLC reports hike in frozen drug-related assets to P1.4 billion
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-07
DAVAO CITY -- The Anti Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has frozen a total of P1.4 billion in illegal drug-related assets from 2017-2018, almost four times the P365 million held from 2013 to 2016. AMLC Executive Director Mel Georgie B. Racela, speaking ...

Build Build Build Program needs skilled workers -- Department of Labor and Employment
Journal - 2019-03-07
THE Department of Labor and Employment called on skilled workers to consider local employment in the construction industry and support the government in the full blast implementation of the Build Build Build Program instead of applying for jobs abroad.

The Supreme Court holds that a copyright claimant may not sue for infringement until the Copyright Office has granted or refused...
JD Supra - 2019-03-07
On Monday, March 4, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a unanimous decision that, under ┬ž 411(a) of the Copyright Act, a claimant may not bring suit for copyright infringement until the Copyright Office has either granted or refused the copyright ...

SCOTUS: No Copyright Registration, No Infringement Lawsuit
JD Supra - 2019-03-07
The wheels of government turn slowly to the detriment of copyright owners, according to a unanimous opinion delivered by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Petitioner Fourth ...

The Supreme Court weighs in on copyright matters - a costly decision and a registration requirement
Lexology - 2019-03-07
Specifically, 17 U.S.C. ┬ž411(a) provides that no party can bring a civil action for copyright infringement until "registration of the copyright claim has been made in accordance with this title." The circuits split as to whether the registration ...

Duterte appoints Javier to SC, Tijam to JBC | Midday wRap
Rappler - 2019-03-07
President Rodrigo Duterte appoints Court of Appeals Justice Amy Lazaro Javier to the Supreme Court, his 8th appointment to the High Court excluding two Chief Justices. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad arrives in Manila for a two-day visit ...

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Copyrights Must Be Registered before Plaintiffs Can File Infringement Suits
Lexology - 2019-03-07
The U.S. Supreme Court held today that bringing a suit for copyright infringement requires that the infringed work actually be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, and that a mere application for registration will not suffice. The ruling makes it ...

Supreme Court Holds Copyright Owners Must Wait to Commence an Infringement Suit Until After the Copyright Office Acts
Lexology - 2019-03-07
For example, you cannot file a civil action for copyright infringement until "registration of the copyright claim has been made..." 17 U.S.C. ┬ž 411(a). Until yesterday, there was a circuit split regarding whether simply filing an application for ...

Register Before You Sue: SCOTUS Affirms Registration by Copyright Office as a Prerequisite to Infringement Litigation ?
JD Supra - 2019-03-07
Someone has infringed your copyright. Can you immediately file a copyright infringement ?lawsuit? Well, that depends. Specifically, it depends on whether you have registered your ?copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. Under Section 411(a ...

The 411 on Section 411(a) of the Copyright Act: Supreme Court Holds That Copyright Owners Cannot File Infringement Lawsuits Until...
JD Supra - 2019-03-07
Copyright owners cannot file infringement lawsuits until after the subject work has been granted registration by the U.S. Copyright Office. This unanimous decision from the Supreme Court today in Fourth Estate Pub. Benefit Corp. v. ...

The Hobby Games Industry Needs to Up Its Game to Fight Counterfeiting - Intellectual Property News
JD Supra - 2019-03-07
Among the methods available for enforcing IP rights, perhaps none is more cost effective than the use of non-governmental takedown notices and brand registries. Both systems facilitate the removal and/or prevention of online postings of counterfeit goods.

Duterte appoints CA justice Javier to Supreme Court
Rappler - 2019-03-06
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Amy Lazaro Javier to the Supreme Court, his 8th appointment to the High Court excluding his Chief Justice picks. This was confirmed by Executive Secretary ...

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Registration Requirement for Copyright Infringement Lawsuits
JD Supra - 2019-03-06 LLC et al. (Case 17-571). Fourth Estate sued for copyright infringement of news articles provided to pursuant to a content license agreement. After the parties cancelled their content license agreement ...

SC bars QC from auction of MWSS properties to pay tax dues of P237 million
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-06
The appellate court held that MWSS was not performing a purely governmental function; thus, it cannot invoke immunity from real-property taxation. It further held that the taxed properties of MWSS ...

Duterte picks Court of Appeals Justice Javier for SC magistrate post - 2019-03-06
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed ... She faced the Judicial and Bar Council in a public interview on June last year. Javier is a graduate of University of Santo Tomas law school and during her interview with the JBC panel ...

CA justice Amy Lazaro-Javier promoted to Supreme Court
Sun Star - 2019-03-06
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has promoted Court of Appeals Associate Justice Amy Lazaro-Javier to the Supreme Court. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed Wednesday, March 6, in a text message that Lazaro-Javier was named as the new associate ...

BREAKING: Duterte names CA Justice Amy Javier as new SC Associate Justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Court of Appeals Justice Amy Javier is a new Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (SC), Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said. Javier replaced SC Associate Justice ...

France unveils new tax for global internet giants
Rappler - 2019-03-06
In one of the most best known cases, the European Commission concluded that Apple had paid an effective corporate tax rate of just 0.005% on its European profits in 2014 - equivalent to just 50 euros for every million. In 2016, it was ordered by the ...

Consumers demand return of alleged illegal Meralco collection
Inquirer - 2019-03-06
The ERC order is in accordance with the Supreme Court ruling which found that Meralco overcharged its over three million consumers for several years by passing on to customers its income tax.

BI arrests Russian fugitive wanted for fraud
Global Nation - 2019-03-06
MANILA, Philippines -- A Russian national wanted for large-scale fraud in his country was arrested in Intramuros, Manila, on Tuesday afternoon, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Wednesday.

Fixed salary for bus drivers and conductors will lead to safer roads
InterAksyon - 2019-03-06
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in January 2012 released an order titled "Rules and Regulations Governing the Employment and Working Conditions of Drivers and Conductors in the PUB Transport Industry." It required bus drivers and ...

Malaca├▒ang says CA nod not needed for Diokno appointment as BSP governor
Rappler - 2019-03-06
Panelo's statement made no specific mention of the New Central Bank Act's provisions. Instead, he pointed to a Supreme Court ruling that states that Congress cannot pass a law that adds to the types of government officials appointed by the President that ...

Huawei goes on legal warpath with twin North American lawsuits
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-05
Her action is "probably an effort to raise the stakes for the Canadian government," Craig Forcese, a law professor at the University of Ottawa with expertise in international and ...

Supreme Court disbars lawyer who faked CA ruling in drug case - 2019-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday ordered the disbarment of a lawyer who fabricated a decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) that supposedly acquitted a drug convict. Justices decided in session to impose the maximum administrative ...

BI, Owwa team up to catch fakers of OFW E-Cards
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-05
TO further expedite the processing of departing overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and protect them from fraudsters, the Bureau of Customs has adopted state-of-the-art gadgets provided by the ...

Is Japan the next Saudi?
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-05
Jepca stands for Japan Employment Providers of the Philippines and Consultants Association, a POEA-recognized industry association. "We are thinking of proposing to the POEA that a ...

Fixed-salary rules for bus drivers, conductors to be in force by March 9
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-05
Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H ... a compensation structure that was sanctioned by the Supreme Court last year. In a radio interview on Tuesday, Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said that bus companies should comply with the ...

SC asked to stop LEB-led law school admission test
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-05
LAWYERS and aspiring law students have petitioned the Supreme Court (SC) to abolish the Legal Education Board (LEB) and its conduct of the nationwide law school admission exam, asserting that it should be the SC that should be holding it. During the oral ...

Calida says human rights groups not entitled to access all drug war documents
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-05
Calida filed an appeal but was rejected by the Supreme Court in April last year. The following month, the OSG submitted some of the required details and documents and sought two more months to ...

POEA announces requirements for Japan employment of nurses, careworkers
Global Nation - 2019-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Overseas ... for POEA Regional Offices and April 30, 2019 for POEA Central Office. /jpv

BI gets tech support from OWWA to assist OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- In a bid to further ease the travel experience of overseas Filipino workers (OFW), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) introduced on Tuesday new measures to expedite its ...

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