Manila Bulletin Scribe Tops Nat'l Essay Writing Tilt
Manila, Philippines --- Manila Bulletin Luzon correspondent Mark Anthony N. Manuel won the grand prize in the 2013 National Essay Writing Competition sponsored by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO-Phil), the Korean Copyright Commission, and the United States Embassy in Manila.
Manuel bested 45 participants from different parts of the country in the contest held in line with the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day on April 23 and the Intellectual Property Day on April 26.
Anchored on copyright infringement and piracy issues, Manuel's essay tells the stories of three art geniuses who decided to quit producing masterpieces because of financial losses and moral right violations. It explains the effects of infringement not only to the people who create materials that are subject to copyright regulations but also to the entire nation.
"Respect copyright for the country that has the most hardworking dwellers may have the most fertile land, but the one that has the most creative inhabitants will have the most harvests because they can grow plants even in the least expected places," Manuel wrote.
"With the advent of technology, it becomes harder and harder for the State to follow the mandate of the fundamental law of the land. Stealing ideas is just a matter of clicks - as easy as 'copy and paste.' In just a few seconds, a stealer can use the original work as if he owns it. …