Monkey can't sue for copyright infringement of selfies, 9th Circuit rules
Los Angeles Times - 2018-04-23
A federal appeals court decided unanimously Monday that animals may not sue for copyright protection. The ruling came in the case of a monkey that took selfies with a wildlife photographer's camera. The photographer later published the photos. An animal ...

Can a Stock Photography Agency Bring a Copyright Lawsuit? The Ninth Circuit Says "Maybe," and the Supremes Say Nothing
JD Supra - 2018-04-23
Can a stock photography agency bring a copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of individual photographers? According to the Ninth Circuit, the answer is "maybe." A recent decision provides another example of what the Ninth Circuit referred to as ...

New Destinations for Philippine Workers Are Russia, China
Bloomberg L.P. - 2018-04-23
"Russia is opening their market for the first time to the Philippines," Bernard Olalia, head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, said in an interview in his office in Manila. "They want a government-to-government deployment ...

ICTSI South Pacific inks agreements with labor unions
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-23
INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) said its units have signed agreements with Papua New Guinea Maritime Transport Workers Union (PNG MTWU), ahead of the opening of its Motukea International Terminal in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in ...

CA justice fined for gambling
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-23
THE SUPREME Court (SC) has ordered Court of Appeals Associate Justice Normandie B. Pizarro to pay a fine of P100,000 after he was found guilty of gambling, a violation of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1869. According to the 10-page decision promulgated on ...

OFW rescue video that angered Kuwait came from DFA
Rappler - 2018-04-23
comes in the face of a diplomatic crisis between the Philippines and Kuwait. In a dzBB Super Radyo interview Monday, Overseas Workers' Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Arnell Ignacio said the rescue operation was a "serious crime" in ...

Firing execs bare resolute Duterte, shallow bench
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-23
Roque Jr. said the President has personal knowledge about his alleged corruption as the Department of Labor and Employment ... Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza, dean of the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance, told the BusinessMirror ...

BI barred less Filipinos from leaving the country in 2017
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-23
The BI is also set to deport 76 undesirable aliens, including 73 Chinese nationals arrested in Ilocos and Metro Manila for operating a telecom fraud business, two South Korean fugitives, and a convicted British pedophile. -- Dane Angelo M. Enerio

The 25% surcharge for amended tax returns
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-23
Recently, the Bureau of Internal Revenue issued Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 21-2018. It circularizes the imposition of 25% surcharge, in addition to the 20% interest (now 12% under the TRAIN Law) and compromise penalty, on amended returns when ...

CA recalls decision to submit for resolution SMHC case vs partners
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-23
THE Court of Appeals (CA) has recalled its earlier decision that deemed the petition filed by San Miguel Holdings Corp. (SMHC) seeking the revival of the qualified theft charges against its Indonesian partners and several others already submitted for ...

Second TRAIN package seen lowering corporate-income tax, giving fiscal perks
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-23
Alvarez said these hefty incentives were granted to registered firms that accounted for less than 1 percent of the businesses registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in 2015, and for only 6 percent of total employment in the country for the ...

Too many government inspections hazardous to business?
philstar.com - 2018-04-23
The local government units do not trust the businesses to exercise due diligence to assure the safety and security of the public doing business in said establishments. Then, there are fire department inspectors trying to check the fire exits and the ...

Controversial ex-CA justice fined for gambling
Rappler - 2018-04-23
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) en banc found retired Court of Appeals (CA) guilty of conduct unbecoming of a member of the judiciary over instances of gambling in a casino, and fined him P100,000. The decision penned by SC Associate Justice ...

Warehouses yield illegal cigarettes
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-23
The relentless campaign of the Bureau of Internal Revenue against counterfeit cigarettes yielded hundreds of mastercases of these illegal products with fake or no tax stamps in a series of raids conducted in Malabon City and Sta. Cruz, Manila. BIR ...

DivinaLaw: Upholding dynamic lawyering
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-23
Today, DivinaLaw has approximately 500 clients, including leading corporates in banking and finance, manufacturing, retail, power, oil and gas, education, health care and insurance, realty and property development, and technology. As a full-service law ...

Navarro Amper & Co.: Offering unparalleled tax services
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-23
Abela said. There is also the Deloitte University Asia Pacific in Singapore, which aims to help Deloitte professionals and executives develop their leadership skills and gain the tools necessary to deliver excellent service to clients. All this helps ...

Palace vows to double efforts to prop up Cabinet ratings
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-22
But Mindanaoans surveyed had thumbs down for the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Cabinet, which all saw double-digit declines in the region that pulled down their national numbers as well The Cabinet fell 29 points in ...

AirAsia appeals to 5 agencies: Halt travel tax
Sun Star - 2018-04-22
AS IT expands its operations in the Philippines, linking cities like Cebu to other gateways, AirAsia Philippines reiterated its appeal to the government to scrap the travel tax for outbound passengers. AirAsia Philippines Chief Executive Officer Dexter ...

House unifies measures to regulate, promote competition among TNVS
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-22
The bill also provides standards in the accreditation of transportation- network service providers and ensures the qualification of their drivers. It also requires them to issue electronic receipts for passenger safety and taxation purposes," Batocabe said.

BIR raids on Malabon, Manila warehouses yield smuggled, counterfeit cigarettes
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-22
THE Strike Force of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), in charge of fighting cigarette smuggling in the country, spearheaded the raid of several warehouses in Malabon and Manila City that yielded millions of pesos worth of smuggled and counterfeit ...

Let the foreigners protest in PHL?
BusinessMirror - 2018-04-22
At least, that is how it appears on the surface. The justification for this was "Operations Order SBM-2015-025" issued by the Bureau of Immigration on July 3, 2015, signed by then Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison and approved by then-Secretary of Justice ...

Duterte: Axed officials fired due to graft and corruption
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) -- Graft and corruption, no more, no less, are the reasons at least two government officials were axed recently, President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday night in Albay. "The other day I fired two, one ...

Tax amnesty: Thy sins are forgiven thee
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-22
True contrition must come with true confession. What of Republic Act 1405, or The Law on Secrecy of Bank Deposits, an act prohibiting the disclosure of or inquiry into deposits with any banking institution. "According to the law, all deposits with banks ...

Gomez asks SC to suspend Comelec recall petition
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-22
SAN JUAN City Mayor Guia G. Gomez has asked the Supreme Court to suspend the Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolutions that approved the recall petition filed by supporters of her opponent, former vice-mayor Francis M. Zamora. Ms. Gomez, in her 54-page ...

Quo warranto petition sought vs another Supreme Court justice
Sun Star - 2018-04-22
THE Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) was urged to file against Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro the same ouster case filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno at the Supreme Court. The letter, submitted by a certain Jocelyn Marie ...

Mindanao shows growing dissatisfaction with gov't - SWS
Rappler - 2018-04-22
But the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court (SC), and even Duterte's Cabinet all registered double-digit declines in the region. Mindanao pulled down the national numbers of these government institutions. In Mindanao, the Senate dropped ...

500 boxes of fake cigarettes seized in Manila, Malabon
philstar.com - 2018-04-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Over 500 boxes of fake cigarettes with counterfeit tax stamps were confiscated by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Manila and Malabon this week. Members of the BIR strike team confiscated boxes of fake cigarettes in Barangay ...

In which industries do employees work the longest hours per week?
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-21
According to the 2017 Gender Statistics on Labor and Employment (GSLE) report released by Philippine Statistics Authority, these are the average working hours per week of male and female employees in major industries in the Philippines. NOTE: Average ...

3 outstanding graduates receive S. Cabahug awards
Sun Star - 2018-04-21
He also served as Supreme Court chief justice and Ddfense secretary. Cabahug was instrumental in the creation of some landmarks in Cebu, such as the Mandaue City Hall, the Rizal Library, and the Capitol Building. (JPP)

BSP prepares for possible policy change amid rising inflation
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-21
The bank downplayed the lukewarm sentiment of households and businesses, citing not only their concerns over higher commodity prices but also the slowdown in business and consumer activity after holiday and harvest seasons.

Filipinos may visit Hainan, China visa-free for 30 days by May 1
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) -- Filipinos may visit the Chinese province of Hainan visa-free for 30 days beginning May 1 after an announcement from China's State Immigration Administration, Chinese state media reported. Chinese state news ...

'Senate must pick up fight vs contractualization' - Hontiveros
Rappler - 2018-04-21
"After much hemming and hawing, the President decided not to issue an EO against labor contractualization. President Duterte effectively threw in the towel in the fight against ENDO and abandoned the Filipino working class," Hontiveros said in a statement ...

Embedding a Tweet Can be Copyright Infringement, Court Rules
TorrentFreak - 2018-04-21
A New York federal court has ruled that people can be held liable for copyright infringement if they embed a tweet posted by a third party. The case was filed by Justin Goldman, whose photo of Tom Brady went viral and eventually ended up at several news ...

Sereno: Failure to submit SALNs doesn't negate my integrity
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) -- Embattled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Thursday slammed claims that failure to submit her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) negates a public official's "integrity." In her 147-page ...

Survey: SC gets lowest ratings in six years
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) -- The Supreme Court (SC) has gotten the lowest satisfaction score in six years, according to a private pollster Friday. In the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, the court's net satisfaction rating was ...

Global Day of Action to free Mary Jane Veloso set on April 29
Bulatlat - 2018-04-21
BULATLAT FILE PHOTO: As the Philippine government continues to promote labor export ... in different cities overseas. Local supporters are expected to gather at Mendiola near MalacaƱang. Migrante said they will urge President Duterte to do everything ...

Dare De Castro to do a Sereno, SolGen asked
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-21
THE Office of the Solicitor General has been asked to also initiate a quo warranto petition against Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro on the same ground that it used to seek the nullification of the appointment of Chief Justice ...

Former Wu-Tang Clan Producer, Selwyn Bougard, Sues RZA And His Brother For Unpaid Royalties
Vibe - 2018-04-20
While the Wu-Tang Clan battles a copyright infringement lawsuit over a sample on "People Say" and attempt to retrieve their one-of-a-kind album from the government, the esteemed collective now have another day in court to juggle. In documents obtained ...

Marcos slams Robredo ploy to cheat at recount
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-20
Rodriguez said that since the filing of the election protest against Robredo in June 2016, the Supreme Court, sitting as the PET, had acquired jurisdiction over the case. "Since it is the rules of the tribunal that shall apply, her invocation of the 25 ...

85 private vocational schools face charges
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-20
Under the program, the agency can teach the youth about the mandates of the MMDA - traffic management, solid waste management, urban planning, health, public safety, environmental protection and flood control management, and public safety. "You will ...

Oprah Sued For "Stealing" Idea For "Greenleaf" Television Series
HotNewHipHop - 2018-04-20
Oprah's is accused of ripping off a woman's screenplay. A screenwriter named Shannan Lynette Wynn is suing Oprah Winfrey over copyright infringement. She claims that a script written by her and a Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie titled "Justice & Glory" was ...

Illegal MMDA rule on Julia Vargas
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-04-20
The law also requires that to be valid and enforceable, agency rules must be published in a newspaper of general circulation, and a copy of the rule should be deposited with the national register of the University of the Philippines Law Center. So far ...

PHL takes offense at resolution by European Parliament on GSP+, drug war
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-20
which he said he had ordered because of her "political activities" in the Philippines. Ms. Fox has been released but the Commission on Human Rights said it will investigate her detention by the Bureau of Immigration.

Palace issues memorandum on monitoring labor-only contracting
BusinessWorld - 2018-04-20
MALACAƑANG on Friday ordered a crackdown on labor-only contracting as it directed Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III to submit a list of companies engaged or suspected to be engaged in the illegal labor practice. In a memorandum issued on April 17 and ...

Zamboanga City turns over lot to Owwa
Sun Star - 2018-04-20
The area is covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-184-702. The turnover was witnessed by regional officials of Owwa and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA). Cacdac thanked Salazar and the city government for the generosity.

Zamboanga City turns over lot to Owwa
Sun Star - 2018-04-20
THE Zamboanga City government has formally turned over to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) the documents certifying that the local government has made available a portion of Lot 60 in Cabatangan for the use of the agency. Mayor Maria ...

Palace shows photo of Australian nun Patricia Fox speaking in a rally
philstar.com - 2018-04-20
He said that this was not the first time that Fox was taken into custody for political activities in the country, citing an incident in 2013 in which she was detained for speaking at a rally in Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac north of Manila. Roque also ...

SC in focus: Sereno says quo warranto gravest wound inflicted on Constitution
Rappler - 2018-04-20
The Supreme Court (SC) justices have a lot to think about when they decide in May whether or not to oust Sereno via a route outside impeachment. Sereno and Solicitor General Jose Calida filed on Friday, April 20, their memoranda to lay out to the SC their ...

GSIS to start buy out of loans of members this May
Sun Star - 2018-04-20
Under the General Appropriations Act, members should prioritize payment of their GSIS loans and other contributions, like their obligations with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Pag-Ibig and PhilHealth. Before the borrower can qualify for the program ...

Duterte wants list of 'labor-only contracting' firms, cases
CNN Philippines - 2018-04-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 20) - President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to present within 30 days an inventory of firms involved in "labor-only contracting." "The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE ...

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