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FILSCAP says only two candidates secured licenses for campaign jingles.

Out of all the candidates running in the 2019 midterm elections, only two secured public performance licenses for the use of copyrighted music as campaign jingles, the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Inc. (FILSCAP) said.

FILSCAP General Counsel Michael Hernandez revealed on Tuesday that only former presidential aide and senatorial aspirant Bong Go and Pasay City mayoralty candidate Jon Wilfredo Trinidad obtained the necessary license to play the music in sorties.

Hernandez said there were three types of licenses that politicians using copyrighted music should secure.

'Generally, there are three copyright licenses that must be secured by political candidates who intend to use copyrighted music: one, a modification or adaptation license if the lyrics of a copyrighted song will be changed or modified to make a campaign jingle,' he explained in a statement.

'Two, a reproduction license if a copyrighted song will be recorded or copied (whether the lyrics are revised or not), and the third, a public performance license if a copyrighted song will be played to the public as campaign jingle, or as entertainment or background music during a campaign rally or event,' he added.

FILSCAP is the collective management organization accredited by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO-PHL) to license the public playing of copyrighted music.

During the campaign season, most of the candidates use catchy tunes - sometimes from existing copyrighted songs - to sway voters. Candidates usually alter the lyrics of the song to suit their platform and messaging.

'While very many political candidates are now aware that they need to secure a license if they change the lyrics of a song to make campaign jingle, most of the political candidates are still not aware that a license must also be secured if copyrighted music will be played as background or entertainment music,' FILSCAP said.

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Publication:Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Apr 16, 2019
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