Gideon Pena uses ‘fair use’ in IPO’s Drake meme issue
Abogado Gideon Pena did not see anything wrong with the recent campaign of the Intellectual Property Office. The abogado noted that they are covered by the fair use rule when they imitated the Drake meme.
#FairUseRule permits limited use of copyrighted material without having to first acquire permission from the copyright holder.
— Gideon V. Peña (@gideonpena) July 7, 2019
Pena noted that fair use allows an individual to use copyright material without acquiring permission. The abogado even engaged in a discussion with the one who reported it online about the said rule.
Fair use is an AFFIRMATIVE defense. You know what that means. Its admitting the violation and givings an exempting circumstance. My argument that the exemption does not apply to the agency mandated to enforce the law.
— Dean Rod P. Vera (@attyvera) July 7, 2019
University of Caloocan Dean Rod Vera also interjected in the discussion to point out Pena’s mistake. The abogado pointed out that fair use is an affirmative defense but Pena insisted that he should refrain using the burden of proof in a purely academic discussion.