Spotify Faces $1.6 Billion Lawsuit For Copyright Infringement Of Songs
International Business Times - 2018-01-03
Spotify was hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit Friday by Wixen Music Publishing, which alleged the Swedish music streaming company used numerous songs without licenses and compensations. Wixen Music Publishing administers music compositions by ...

Labor group: Hold BPO, mall owners liable for deadly Davao fire
Philstar - 2018-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- An international labor group for call center workers called on the Philippine ... the Communications Workers of America urged "government agencies to hold Research Now SSI and New City Commercial Center, where the call center ...

PH gov't urged to probe 'multi-million-peso scam' targeting OFWs
Rappler - 2018-01-03
The Philippines deployed 333,671 newly-hired workers to GCC member-countries in 2015 alone, based on Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) data. The requirement is supposed to be the initiative of the GCC Ministry of Health, with the ...

NGO warns DOH-accredited clinics, recruitment agencies vs online medical registration scheme victimizing OFWs - 2018-01-02
Ople also noted that the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has yet to pass any Governing Board resolution in recognition of the said scheme. She also urged the Department of Foreign Affairs to check on whether Gulf countries that receive ...

Stock transactions now subject to higher tax
Inquirer - 2018-01-01
A 20-percent increase in stock transaction tax (STT) takes effect at the Philippine Stock Exchange today in line with the recently-enacted Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law. Philippine Stock Exchange president Ramon Monzon issued on Friday a ...

A Year of Disasters, Delays, and Debate
Occupational Health&Safety - 2018-01-01
More than 3,000 workers in various fields were surveyed between February and April 2017, and 2,000 employees in corporate offices, hospitality, education, and industry/labor and more than 1,000 safety managers in industries regulated by OSHA also were ...

Top eight energy news of 2017
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-01
There was successful maneuver by some senators, a known economist and some leftist organizations to spare natural gas from higher taxation, benefitting a big energy gas firm. 6 The feed-in-tariff (FiT) or guaranteed high price for 20 years for wind-solar ...

White House, Congress prepare for talks on spending, immigration
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-01
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA./WASHINGTON -- The White House said on Friday that it was set to kick off talks this week with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders on immigration policy, government spending and other issues that need to be wrapped up ...

Shares rise to new high in shortened trading week
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-01
MBT (Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.) up 3.5% and BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands) up 2%. On the other hand, retail investors were very active in 2 nd tier real-estate companies like IDC (Italpinas Development Corp.) up 31.1% and HOUSE (8990 Holdings ...

Russia: 2018-2019 - It is Time to Bring Your Intellectual Property Out of the Shadows
Lexology - 2018-01-01
income in the form of intellectual property rights identified in a course of inventorying of property and property rights conducted by a Russian taxpayer would be included in the list of income not subject to taxation by Russian corporate profits tax (new ...

Redbox Is Being Sued By Disney For Copyright Infringement Over The Sale Of Digital Download Codes
Uproxx - 2017-12-31
Redbox is still chugging along, looking for ways to keep competitive in a world of streaming giants and Peak TV. While plenty of people use the service and using their kiosks bring their own perks from time to time, one of their more recent ideas has ...

Red Cross executive points out dangers in uncontrolled tourism
Business Mirror - 2017-12-31
Unfortunately, being an archipelago and due to its geographic location, the Philippines is vulnerable to these natural disasters, as what happened in 2013, when Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) cut across the Visayas region ...

BIR lists taxes on offshore gaming
Inquirer - 2017-12-30
"The BIR, not a newcomer to the workings and tax issues presented by online business transactions through the internet, feels that the challenge in gaming operations is how to implement a fair and equitable taxation of online gaming businesses, how to ...

Purchasing power over real property
Inquirer - 2017-12-30
"On weekdays, throngs of Filipino men in the Rizal Park (popularly known as Luneta) congregate near booths of manning agencies which recruit workers to be deployed on foreign ships," wrote Jean Encinas-Franco of the University of the Philippines ...

Bulacan pyrotechnic manufacturers, sellers pass DOLE standards
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-30
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said most of the pyrotechnic manufacturers and sellers in Bulacan have passed occupational safety and health standards following a series of inspections done by the agency. In a statement on Saturday ...

SC: Explain ML extension
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-12-30
MANILA -- The Supreme Court has ordered government officials to comment on the petition filed by opposition lawmakers belonging to the "Magnificent 7" bloc assailing the constitutionality of the full-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. In a two-page ...

2017 an extraordinary year for BIR -- Dominguez
Philstar - 2017-12-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) said 2017 is an extraordinary year for the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) primarily due to its all out-campaign against major tax evaders. "The year 2017 is an extraordinary one for the BIR, owing ...

Democracy and a can of corned beef
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-12-28
Systemic failures make human life miserable. People starve ... Christopher Ryan Maboloc, PhD, is assistant professor of philosophy at Ateneo de Davao University and the author of "Ethics and Human Dignity."

Climate change cases predicted to make a legal splash in 2018
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-28
"There is a trend towards more litigation around climate change, and probably the lack of political action in the United States may increase that trend," said Sophie Marjanac, a London-based lawyer at nonprofit environmental law group ClientEarth.

Lawmakers urge Senate to prioritize safer workplace bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-28
Villanueva authored Senate Bill No. 1317 or "An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof" which seeks to amend the 41-year-old Labor Code of the Philippines which ...

SC to hold memorial service for Justice Justo Torres Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-27
A former associate justice of the Court of Appeals, Torres was the 11th justice appointed to the high court by former President Fidel Ramos, serving from March 11, 1996, until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 on Nov. 1, 1997. After his brief ...

Inflation impact of tax package seen neutral
- 2017-12-27
Replacing the import quota on rice with a 35-percent tariff on the Filipino staple will offset the increase in inflation resulting from the first tax reform package, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said.

Greening a brown economy
Business Mirror - 2017-12-27
Typhoon Vinta and the deaths and devastations it visited on Mindanao remind us that the Philippines is facing two life-crippling ... and waterways and threatened ecosystems. The Visayas State University in the Visayas and the Haribon non-governmental ...

DOLE urged to enforce stricter labor inspection following NCCC Mall blaze
Philstar - 2017-12-27
MANILA, Philippines -- A group of workers in the Business Process Outsourcing industry on Wednesday called for stronger labor enforcement and inspection in the wake of the fire incident in a mall in Davao City that claimed at least 37 lives. "Accidents ...

Violations of mall safety rules bared
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-27
So I do not think that deserves a reply," the mayor said in a statement. SSI also came under fire from the moderate labor group, Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), over the deaths of the 37 call center workers.

BIR files tax evasion raps vs former PBCOM owners
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-26
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed a tax evasion case against members of one of the families who used to own Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom) for their alleged failure to pay more than P40 million in estate tax to the government.

Revenue surge causes fiscal deficit to shrink
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-26
Of that amount, tax revenues totaled P228.3 billion, 15% more than the year-ago P197.8 billion. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) raked in P179.4 billion, 14% more than P156.8 billion previously, while the Bureau of Customs (BoC) collected P46.4 billion ...

Employers support House bills on job mismatch
Philstar - 2017-12-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Employers are supportive of four House bills that seek to develop a more competitive Filipino workforce by providing qualified people free access to technical and vocational training. Employers complain about the ballooning mismatch ...

Spending the 2018 billion-peso budget for overseas Filipinos
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-25
While the fund is clearly generous, there are at least three attendant, potential problems that government, overseas Filipinos and migration-related civil society groups must ... and attached agencies such as the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices or ...

Sugarcane production falls to 27-year low in Guyana
Business Mirror - 2017-12-25
But the crop has been in steady decline over the last decade due to crippling labor strikes, manpower shortages, unseasonal weather and the massive decline in demand of the European Union. The company said it will sell about 60,000 tons of sugar to the ...

Peso may climb on remittances
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-25
The spending bill extends federal funding through Jan. 19, largely at current levels. It does nothing to resolve broader disputes over immigration, health care and military spending. Meanwhile, another trader said demand for the dollar may slightly temper ...

Cutting class made me a better lawyer
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-12-25
My most beloved professors let me cut class, I reflexively told Philippine Law Register interviewer Roy Necesario. Certain University of the Philippines College of Law professors ... memory game we call legal education. It was the same mindset as my ...

The supermajority ruled it out in Congress
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-25
This was also the case when Duterte sought the extension of military rule until the end of 2018. The year 2017 proved unfortunate for Supreme Court chief magistrate Maria Lourdes Sereno and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Andres Bautista. Sereno is being ...

DOJ puts Aquino, et al. on travel lookout bulletin
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-25
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has barred former President Benigno Aquino III, three former members of his Cabinet and five officials of a French pharmaceutical company from leaving the Philippines without his consent. The order is the ...

Same-sex relations
Business Mirror - 2017-12-24
IN a gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Davao City on December 17 ... States of America military personnel against women, children and LGBT community on philippine soil. Principal Author/s: De Jesus, Emmi A.;

Stranded in HK, OFWs may yet book trip home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-24
The Philippine government will advance the payment for the round ... plane tickets they had bought in advance from Peya Travel were not being honored by the airlines. The fiasco led to at least a thousand OFWs, mostly working as household help in the ...

Ill. Court Won't Bite On Dog Groomer's IP Suit Coverage Bid
Law360 - 2017-12-24
Beach for Dogs, however, argued that a limited exception to that exclusion for allegations of copyright infringement in the policyholder's advertising applies to restore coverage. In Thursday's decision, U.S. District Judge Charles P. Kocoras agreed with ...

BSP: Duterte-promised Overseas Filipino Bank on track to open in February 2018
Inquirer - 2017-12-22
"Loans for house repair, for educating the beneficiaries here, and direct remittances to schools, so those are the programs we have discussed with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and he seems to be very happy about the service we would be providing ...

Keeping 3D printing open, petition against "restrictive" US Copyright Office exemptions
3D Printing Industry - 2017-12-22
design files or proprietary data;..." Weinberg noted that this exemption was positive insofar as it meant that using your own material in a 3D printer was not copyright infringement, and no longer makes certain circumvention of digital locks, such as ...

In the spirit of Christmas, Senate frees Aegis Juris fraternity leader
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-22
In the spirit of Christmas and to avoid a Constitutional crisis during the holiday revelries, the Senate has decided to follow the Supreme Court (SC) order to release Aegis Juris fraternity leader Arvin Balag Thursday evening. Senator Panfilo Lacson ...

Tax evasion raps filed vs hospital execs
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed criminal charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the officials of a hospital in Olongapo City for tax evasion. The BIR said officials of the Our Lady of Lourdes ...

Facebook & Universal Music Group Enter Multi-Year Licensing Agreement
International Business Times - 2017-12-22
Avoiding copyright infringement on Facebook has been an issue for users and it hampers the possibility of making Facebook a huge place for user-generated videos. Earlier this year, IBTimes reported that Facebook was in talks with record labels and music ...

Speaker goes on offense to defend cuts to opposition projects
Philstar - 2017-12-22
Alvarez, citing military reports, said that "in southern Mindanao alone, the [New People's Army] collects ... and even those in the supermajority have been re-allocated to free college education in state universities and colleges and to augment the ...

(Not) home for Christmas
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-12-21
Other such centers ... in Dubai, a data analyst in Jakarta, and so on. Their skills have diversified over time. These intrepid Filipinos endure the difficulty of being away from their loved ones just so they can send their children to school, build a ...

Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-21
In 2016, there were at least 34.13 million women age 15 and above in the Philippines, according to the 2017 Gender Statistics on Labor and Employment recently released by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Of this figure, 4.65 million women were from the ...

Star Citizen Dev Being Sued By Crytek Over Breach Of Contract And Copyright Infringement
GameSpot - 2017-12-21
German game developer and publisher Crytek is suing the developer of the ambitious PC space game Star Citizen over breach of contract and copyright infringement claims. Specifically, Crytek is suing Cloud Imperium Games on the claim that the the Star ...

Bank secrecy or transparency?
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-21
Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018! Flor G. Tarriela is chairman of PNB and a director of FINEX. She was formerly undersecretary of Finance, the first Filipina vice president of Citibank N.A. and past president of BAIPHIL.

PSEi recovers as investors pick up select stocks
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-21
SM Investments Corp. was the most actively traded stock for ... MPIC will be joining Alliance Global Group, Inc., Filinvest Development Corp., JG Summit Holdings, Inc., Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc., and AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp. for the proposal.

Bukidnon town inks P150-M loan with Land Bank
Mindanews - 2017-12-21
MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / December 20) - The Municipal Government of Kitaotao, Bukidnon signed a P150-million loan agreement with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) for structures that will boost local development and tourism, officials said.

Cebu business community speaks: Mixed views on new tax law
Philstar - 2017-12-21
CEBU, Philippines -- The passage of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill has drawn mixed views from the Cebu business community. Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Glenn Soco believes the law's general objective is to ...

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