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. Wall-Street.com ...

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
Wall-Street.com LLC et al. (Case 17-571). Fourth Estate sued Wall-Street.com for copyright infringement of news articles provided to Wall-Street.com 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
philstar.com - 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
philstar.com - 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 ...

An Indian tourist adrift in India
Moneylife - 2019-03-05
Having travelled much of the world variously as seafarer, media person, techie and more, I have, over the last few years, opted to be a tourist exclusively within India, and that too, as much as possible, by surface transport - rail, road and water.

4 Things To Know About Big Copyright Registration Ruling
Law360 - 2019-03-05
1. A Problem 'Courts Cannot Cure' In the months leading up to the high court's decision, much of interest in the case centered on practical concerns about when a copyright owner can file an infringement lawsuit. But on Monday, Justice Ginsburg rejected ...

India: Revisiting the Current Scenario of the Safeguards for Cybercrime
Lexology - 2019-03-05
Cybercrime, also known as computer crime, is directed towards the use of computer as an instrument to fulfill illegal means such as intellectual property violation, committing fraud, child pornography, committing fraud, stealing identities, violating ...

PNP Chief: We won't hesitate to ask for revocation of ACT teachers' licenses
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-05
The Court of Appeals junked ACT's petition on February 4 due to procedural "infirmities." [Translation: It's not profiling. It's part of intelligence gathering...There is no provision whatsoever ...

PH drops to 5th in 'women in business' global ranking
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-05
the Philippines slipped to fifth place in the global 'Women in Business' rankings for 2019. The latest report released by tax and advisory firm Grant Thornton International Ltd. revealed 37.46 ...

DOLE holds labor, HR confab forMisOcc librarians
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-03-05
OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, Feb. 19 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Misamis Occidental pushed for the delivery of services and implementation of programs such as the conduct of labor relations, human relations, and ...

LGU execs to face raps for illicit cigarette trade
philstar.com - 2019-03-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) has ordered the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to coordinate with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in filing charges against local government officials who fail to keep ...

The misplace reliance
philstar.com - 2019-03-04
So, how do we relate this principle in taxation? And can this be employed to justify the most sought after claim of taxpayers -- the tax refund? In the case of commissioner of internal revenue ("CIR") (petitioner) vs. Manila Electronic Company ...

Ease in paying taxes
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-04
With the onset of the tax-filing season, and in relation to the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) law mandating the efficient delivery of government services, let me stir this talk again about ease in ...

Mayor Cynthia Guiani supports Bangsamoro Organic Law
philstar.com - 2019-03-04
Cynthia, 54, is a lawyer, with a law degree from the University of Mindanao in Davao City ... but she is in favor of helping the administration succeed. Capitol Christian Leadership celebrated its 51st anniversary Feb. 19 at Club Filipino with the theme ...

Search for next Luzon deputy ombudsman starts
philstar.com - 2019-03-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has started the process of filling a position in the Office of the Ombudsman that will be vacated by Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Gerard Mosquera. In an announcement published in The STAR yesterday ...

POEA: 50 nurses, 300 caregivers needed for Japan deployment
Global Nation - 2019-03-04
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is now accepting applications for 50 nurses and 300 caregivers for deployment to Japan. Applicants have until April 30 to submit their ...

Finance department zeroes in on foreign online gambling workers
Rappler - 2019-03-04
MANILA, Philippines - Besides ensuring that foreigners working in online gambling comply with tax laws, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III is looking at the possibility of identifying where these workers are located. In a statement given to reporters ...

Colmenares stands by cutting taxes: Take money from useless projects
Rappler - 2019-03-04
Colmenares also hit the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for profit loss due to inefficiencies and corruption. "Bakit kayo mag imbento ng bagong tax hindi niyo pa nga nakokolekta ang lumang tax, ubusin niyo kaya muna corrupt ...

Why did the crowd laugh?
The Visayan Daily Star - 2019-03-04
Last week a report said that only high school students will be able to march up the school ... He reportedly said all this before the Liga ng mga Barangay in Pasay City. But why did the crowd laugh?*

SBMA revenue shares to local governments hit P1.87 billion
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-03
The revenue shares were funded by corporate taxes collected from registered Subic Bay Freeport enterprises, which pay a 5-percent tax on their gross income earned within the zone. Three percent of ...

Jane Ryan, William Saunders, Imee Marcos
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-03-03
It was those bank accounts, later held in escrow for the Philippine government that served as source of indemnification funds for martial law human rights victims, as the Supreme Court and Swiss courts had ruled. That is a fact. Imee is blessed to have as ...

Crisostomo Ibarra and Maria Clara return to the stage in opera form
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2019-03-03
"Noli Me Tangere the Opera," returns to the Manila concert stage after seven runs in this country and the United States since it first premiered at the Far Eastern University Auditorium in 195

OFWs urged to save regularly, spend wisely
philstar.com - 2019-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has intensified its campaign to encourage beneficiaries of remittances from Filipinos living and working abroad to save and invest more. The central bank recently inked a memorandum of agreement ...

Overseas demand for construction labor dips
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-03
Based on the latest available complete data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the number of hired civil engineering laborers abroad in 2017 declined by 31.3 percent to ...

P80-B delinquency in BIR books eyed for amnesty
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-03
AT least P80 billion worth of tax delinquencies are pending in the books of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), which can now be tapped under Republic Act 11213, or the Tax Amnesty Act of 2019 ...

SC finds former employee guilty in multimillion scam
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-03
Perez has been found guilty by the Supreme Court (SC) of less serious dishonesty for his role in luring court employees into investing their hard-earned money in a multimillion business scheme ...

British, Filipino firms to reveal impact of Train on companies
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-03
A statement by Reyes Tacandong & Co. said the analysis comes from a 12-month study by London, United Kingdom-based global research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG). The statement ...

SSS eases rules on pension loan program
philstar.com - 2019-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Social Security System (SSS) has relaxed the rules on the application for its pension loan program to allow more than 1.2 million pensioners easier access to financial assistance from the state fund. In a statement, SSS ...

BIR has P80 B in uncollected taxes
philstar.com - 2019-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has some P80 billion in uncollected taxes in the past decade, which the government seeks to partially capture through the newly enacted Tax Amnesty Law, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).

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