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Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, Inc.

Submitted by admin on Wed, 07/07/2010 - 12:48
FILCOLS, Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, Inc.
No. 5
Everite Street
Barangay Calumpang
Marikina City
(632) 906 8493
Chief Executive Name
Alvin J. Buenaventura
Chief Executive Title
Executive Director
Chief Executive Phone
Chief Executive Email
Key representative
Mr Regina Reyna V. Pastor
Membership and Documentation Officer
Key representative
Dr Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr.
History of the organisation
The establishment of collective management organizations is supported by the Book Publishing Industry Development Act of 1995 and the National Book Policy of 1999.

In 2001, the Philippine government’s National Book Development Board (NBDB) encouraged authors and publishers to establish a reproduction rights organization. However, after its incorporation, the initial organization was mired due to its inability to generate enthusiasm and support among stakeholders.

In 2007, the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), with the help of the NBDB and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, organized the new RRO with a larger representation of authors and publishers. On 8 January 2008, the Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, Inc. (FILCOLS) was incorporated.

FILCOLS became the latest IFRRO member on 3 June 2009.

On 23 April 2014, FILCOLS received its Certificate of Accreditation from the government through IP Philippines as an accredited CMO to collectively administer, license, and enforce the right of reproduction of authors, publishers, and other right holders in the text and image sector.
Year of incorporation
Year of first distribution
Year of first collection
Total number of Board Members
How are Board Members elected
At the Annual General Meeting
Total number of Author Representatives
Total number of Publisher Representatives
Remarks about the Board
FILCOLS’s nine-person Board is composed of five authors, two publishers, one foreign publisher’s representative, and one book association representative.
Total Rights holders represented
Remarks about the members
The bulk of FILCOLS's members come from the Book Development Association of the Philippines, the country's largest book industry association, and from the Writers Union of the Philippines or Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), the largest organization of Filipino writers.
Staff total number
1 January - 31 December
Type of National legislation
Civil Law
Licensing system
Voluntary Licencing schemes, with potential back-up in Copyright Laws
Types of works licensed
All types of published materials.
Types of uses licensed
General photocopying of published materials including coursepacks for internal, institutional use.
Types of institutions/sectors licensed
Higher education institutions, businesses, and other organizations.
Public Lending Rights
Distribution methods
Both title-specific distribution and non title-specific distribution
Statistical surveys
Administration costs as a percentage
Are deductions for cultural and/or social purposes made ?
Cultural and social deductions combined as a percentage
New developments / legislation
On 28 February 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law Republic Act 10372 which amended the copyright law.

Relevant provisions to FILCOLS are the following:
Section 183: Designation of society and the accreditation of CMOs,
Section 184: Limitations on Copyright for the use of the blind, visually- and reading-impaired persons,
Section 185: Fair Use: From "teaching including multiple copies for classroom use" to "teaching including limited copies for classroom use"
Section 230: Schools and universities are mandated to adopt IP Policies. The IP Policies "may be developed in relation to licensing agreements entered into by the learning institution with a collective licensing organization."
Number of Bilateral agreements type A
Bilateral agreements type A with
CAL (Australia), CLASS (Singapore)
Number of Bilateral agreements type B
Bilateral agreements type B with
CADRA (Argentina), CDR (Colombia), Copydan Writing (Denmark), GCA (Georgia), HKRRLS (Hong Kong), IRRO (India), JAACC (Japan), KOPIKEN (Kenya), MASA (Mauritius), REPRONIG (Nigeria), Kopinor (Norway), KORRA (South Korea), TTRRO (Trinidad and Tobago), VIETRRO (Vietnam), YRCI (Indonesia).
Other agreements with RROs
Pilot Bilateral Agreement with CLA (UK)
Total amount collected for all licensing
14 730 355.33
Total amount collected for reproduction licensing
14 730 355.33
Total amount collected nationally for reproduction licensing
11 532 048.93
Amount for schools
11 532 048.93
Amount for further education
Amount for higher education
Amount for government
11 403 337.93
Amount for business
Amount for other sector(s)
132 411.60
Levies on equipment and other mediums
Total amount collected for PLR
Total amount received for licensing from other RROs world-wide
3 198 306.40
Total amount received for reproduction licensing from other RROs world-wide
3 198 306.40
Total amount distributed from all licensing
447 474.73
Total amount distributed from reproduction licensing
447 474.73
Total amount distributed to national rightsholders
387 474.73
Total amount distributed to national rightsholders from reproduction licensing
387 474.73
1. Of which for visual works, to publishers only
50 000.00
to publishers and visual creator organisations
to visual creators organisations
to collecting societies only
to individual artists only
Total Amount distributed to foreign RROs
Total amount distributed from PLR
Administration Charge (actual figure)
2 398 628.40
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