Sapalo Velez Bundang & Bulilan based in Manila with branch offices in Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao and Iloilo. Led by Managing Partner Atty. Ignacio S. Sapalo and Senior Partner Atty. Neptali L. Bulilan, the IP team represents clients worldwide. It has advised the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (FILSCAP) in a long-running dispute with Philippine Home Cable Holdings for copyright infringement. Home Cable was engaged primarily in installing, operating and maintaining a Community Antennae Television System carrying karaoke channels which played Filipino and English songs. FILSCAP advised Home Cable to obtain a music license, but Home Cable argued that it merely transmitted the broadcast content of television stations and other programme providers. The Court of Appeals held that Home Cable was rather originally broadcasting the same through “cablecasting.”
Source: Asia IP Profiles – Your Guide to Asia’s Leading IP Firms, Page 149
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